Name: Ronald Revel Rexroad
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit: 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Date of Birth: 13 March 1940
Home City of Record: RANKIN IL
Date of Loss: 03 April 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 171206 North  1073644 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C #0909
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1116

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 April 3, 1968, an RF-4C Phantom II (tail number 65-0909) with a crew of two embarked on a solo reconnaissance mission over Laos. With the mission completed, the pilot was directed to assess bomb damage to an enemy artillery position. The last contact with the Phantom was when the aircraft was cleared into the target area. When the crew did not call in a report and an electronic search failed to locate the aircraft, search and rescue teams began to look for the Phantom. U.S. Navy personnel eventually found the remains of one crew member in the Gulf of Tonkin; the remains of the other crew member have not been recovered.

Captain Ronald Reuel Rexroad, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Illinois, served with the . He was the aircraft commander of the Phantom when it disappeared, and his remains have not been recovered. After the incident, the Air Force promoted Capt Rexroad to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Rexroad is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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