KIBBEY, RICHARD ABBOT
Remains Identified, announced 08/22/18 by family
|Name: Richard Abbot Kibbey
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 02 June 1934
Home City of Record: Delmar NY
Date of Loss: 06 February 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 174600N 1054800E (WE847643)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Other Personnel in Incident: Donald J. Hall; Patrick H. Wood; Lucius L. Heiskell (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK in 2018.
SYNOPSIS: On February 6, 1967, Capt. Lucius L. Heiskell was a pilot and was
flying an O1F aircraft on a visual reconnaissance mission with another O1F
when his aircraft was struck by enemy fire forcing him to bail out. His
parachute was followed to the ground and voice contact with him indicated
that immediate rescue was not feasible due to enemy troops in the area.
Beeper signals continued and later an HH3E helicopter flown by Maj. Patrick
H. Wood was dispatched to recover Heiskell. He was at this time located near
the border of Laos and North Vietnam about 5 miles from the Mu Gia Pass.
Wood's crew that day included Capt. Richard A. Kibbey and SSgt. Donald J.
Heiskell was hoisted aboard, but as the helicopter was departing the area,
it was hit by ground fire causing it to explode and crash. The helicopter
pararescueman survived and was treated for burns. The remainder of the crew,
Hall, Kibbey and Wood, as well as Heiskell, were not located.
When 591 Americans were released in 1973, the crew of the HH3E was not among
them. They were numbered with nearly 3000 Americans who remained missing,
prisoner, or unaccounted for at the end of the war.
Since American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, over 10,000 reports
relating to Americans missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in
Indochina have been received by the U.S. Government. Many officials, having
examined this largely classified information, have reluctantly concluded
that many Americans are still alive today, held captive by our long-ago
Whether Kibbey and the crew of the HH3E survived the crash of their aircraft
to be captured is not known. It is not known if they might be among those
thought to be still alive today. What is certain, however, is that as long
as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we owe him our
very best efforts to bring him to freedom.
Richard A. Kibbey was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he
was maintained Missing in Action.
--------------------------------From: "Steve Whitton"
Thanks for your good work.
Attached is my research
North Vietnam, pre-1975: TENTATIVE IDENTIFICATION OF MAJOR RICHARD A. KIBBEY, MIA
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <email@example.com>
Air Force Col. Richard A Kibbey, killed in the Vietnam War, was accounted
for on August 6.
On Feb. 6, 1967, Kibbey was a member of Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue
and Recovery Squadron, when he, along with three other service members, were
crew members of an HH-3E helicopter on a rescue and recovery mission over
North Vietnam. After rescuing the pilot of a downed aircraft, Kibbey's
helicopter was hit by enemy ground fire, resulting in an internal explosion
and crash. Kibbey was subsequently reported missing in action. His status
was later amended to deceased.
DPAA is grateful to the government of Vietnam for their partnership in this
mission, as well as National Leagues of Families for their stalwart
persistence in accounting for missing service personnel.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days
prior to scheduled funeral services.
Kibbey's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are
missing from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to
indicate he has been accounted for.
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at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420/1169.
Kibbey's personnel profile can be viewed at