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Reed, Terry M.


Rank: First Lieutenant
Serial Number: FV3214200
Military Branch: USAF
Origin: Texas
Date of Death: 1969-6-23
Arlington National Cemetery
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Ist Lieutenant Terry M. Reed was a co-pilot of a C-130B during tactical airlift operations in Vietnam. He was survived by his wife Sharon, and his parents Lt.Col. Everett G. Reed, retired, and Ann. M. Reed. All 6 crewmembers on board were killed when the plane went down due to hostile action. There are about 50 pages of documentation detailing his career. Reed was born in January 1945 in Indiana. He graduated from Bedford (Mass) High School in 1963. He then entered East Texas State University in the fall of 1963, where he was in the AFROTC. He finished a 2 year training program in July 1965. His records show that he was appointed 2nd Lt. on 27 May 1967 and graduated pilot training on 22 June, 1968.

Reed's officially engraved pothumous medals include the slot brooch Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart plus the crimp brooch Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. The group all came with ribbon bar devices attached to a framed velvet card that the family must have put together. That is shown in the thumbnail picture in the main collection list. The citations for the DFC and AM are included. His gravestone in Arlington where 5 of the 6 crew were reburied August 23, 2006 is pictured herein. The picture came from "thewall-usa.com".

Lt. Reed was one of six on his plane when it was shot down by enemy ground fire as they were attempting to land. The after action report lists all of the crew names. They had been on a supply mission. The report states as follows: "C-130 departed Cam Ranh AB on resupply mission to Tay Ninh and Katum, Republic of Vietnam. In the Katum area, the aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and a helicopter in the area reported one engine of the C-130 afire before it crashed and burned. There were no known survivors. The helicopter attempted to land, but was driven back by the heat and explosions of the burning plane and the intense hostile ground fire. On his second attempt to approach the wreckage, he was shot down. A second helicopter attempted to land near the wreckage, but he was also shot down. Further attempts to reach the wreckage will be made."

Use the following link to see a really great writeup on the loss of this plane and crew: http://www.landscaper.net/vetvoices.htm#Shoot-Down%20at%20Katum%20Special%20Forces%20Camp  and click on "Shoot-Down at Katum Special Forces Camp".