Name: Jon Keith Bodahl
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit:  34th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 18 December 1937
Home City of Record: BOISE ID
Date of Loss:  12 November 1969
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 172800 North 1054000 East
Status (in 1973):
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E #0219
Other Personnel in Incident: Harry Smith, missing
Refno: 1520

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2020



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On November 12, 1969, an F-4E Phantom II (tail number 67-0219) with a crew of two took off from Korat Air Base as the lead aircraft in a two-plane strike mission. As the flight proceeded to its target, it was diverted to assist in search and rescue efforts for a downed forward air controller (FAC) aircraft. The on-scene commander directed the Phantoms to destroy enemy helicopters around the FAC aircraft's crash site. Witnesses reported seeing a large explosion where the lead Phantom was making a gun run against enemy helicopters. Radio contact with the Phantom was lost, and search efforts for the aircraft and its crew were unsuccessful.

Captain John Keith Bodahl, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Idaho, was a member of the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was the pilot of this Phantom when it went down, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains have not been recovered. Subsequent to the incident, and while carried in the status of missing in action (MIA), the U.S. Air Force promoted Captain Bodahl to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Bodahl is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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