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WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Cpl. James F. Baucom. (1968)
Cpl. James F. Baucom. Ordinance, KIA 28 Feb. 1968. Cpl Baucom was killed during a flare mission. While pushing a flare out of the KC-130 Flareship QD149792, the flare's explosive chain ignited prematurely, rocketing the flare back into the aircraft and fatally wounding Cpl Baucom. It is believed that this was Jim's last mission before rotating back to the states. He had already sent a letter to his Mom telling her that this would be his last letter to her before coming home. When the Marine vehicle pulled into her drive and the Marine in Dress Blues stepped out, she thought it was her son arriving home. What a terribly tragic irony. Excerpt from VMGR-152 Command Chronology for February, 1968: 28Feb68. 149792 - Crew: Maj Deornellas and Maj Baldwin. While dropping flares in the vicinity of Da Nang, a flare ignited in the chute, the canister flew out of the chute striking an aerial delivery man on the arm, knocking him down and then struck an Ordnanceman in the face. The aerial delivery man had only a bruise on the upper right forearm. The aircraft returned immediately to Da Nang airfield, the Ordnanceman was DOA. Vietnam Wall Panel coords 41E 058