Name: Richard Joseph Callanan
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 15 July 1930
Home City of Record: CONCORD CA
Date of Loss: 07 January  1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 135439 North  1080352 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C130B #0972
Other Personnel in Incident: JON GREENLEY, Killed in Action/Body not

Refno: 0228

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 January 7, 1966, a C-130 Hercules (61-0972) with a crew of five took off on a resupply mission to Pleiku, South Vietnam. As the Hercules approached Pleiku, its crew requested landing instructions, but it crashed for unknown reasons before it could land. Witnesses in the tower at Pleiku reported that soon after receiving the landing request from the C-130, they saw two explosions in the distance. Rescue helicopters sent to that area found the C-130's wreckage in the vicinity of (GC) 49P AR 828 397 where they recovered three sets of remains but were unable to locate the other two crew members.

Captain Richard Joseph Callanan, who joined the U.S. Air Force from California, was a member of the 774th Troop Carrier Squadron. He was a crew member aboard the Hercules when it went down on January 7, 1966, and his remains were not recovered from the crash site. He remains unaccounted-for. Today, Captain Callanan is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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