Richard Merlin Cowden

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NameRichard Merlin Cowden
Serial Number23625A
Highest Rank1st Lieutenant
Service BranchAir Force
War/ActionKorean War
Date of Birth7/22/1928
Place of Birth
Colorado Home TownSilt
Date of Death3/9/1953
Place of DeathKorea
Place of BurialHonolulu Memorial, Courts of the Missing
CircumstancesKilled In Action
BiographyPilot of F-86E Sabrejet fighter bomber with 16th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group. While on combat mission March 9, 1953 his flight of 3 F-86s engaged 2 MiG-15s. Aircraft hit, crashed and burst into flames, remains never recovered. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
InscriptionPanel: 16, Column: 1, Row: 44
Added to Database5/21/2001
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