Name: Victor Romero
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/E4
Date of Birth: 11 December 1947
Home City of Record: SAN FRANCISCO CA
Date of Loss: 19 March 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 122000 North  1085500 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: O1G #4899
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1096

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 March 19, 1968, an O-1G Bird Dog (tail number 51-4899, call sign "Walt 33") with a crew of two took off from Nha Trang Air Base, South Vietnam, to perform a visual reconnaissance mission over the area north of the base. While on the mission, "Walt 33" missed a scheduled radio check, prompting both visual and electronic searches for the aircraft. Search efforts continued over the next four days but found no sign of the aircraft or its crew. After the war, the O-1G's pilot was identified among remains returned to U.S. custody; however, the observer is still unaccounted for.

Airman First Class (A1C) Victor Romero, who joined the U.S. Air Force from California, was a member of the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, and was the observer aboard the Bird Dog when it went missing. He was not recovered following the aircraft's disappearance. The Air Force posthumously promoted A1C Romero to Chief Master Sergeant. Today, Chief Master Sergeant Romero is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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