KIBBEY, RICHARD ABBOT
Remains Identified, announced 08/22/18 by family
 

Name: Richard Abbot Kibbey
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit:
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
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: HH3E
Refno: 0591

Other Personnel in Incident: Donald J. Hall; Patrick H. Wood; Lucius L. Heiskell (all missing)


Official photo

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 2019.


REMARKS:

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.
Hall.

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
enemy.

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.

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From: "Steve Whitton"
Subject: Patrick Wood 6-Feb-67
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:20:09 -0700

 

Hi,

Thanks for your good work.

Attached is my research on Patrick H. Wood

Steve Whitton

 

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https://www.loc.gov/item/powmia/pw072806/

 

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) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 August, 2018 09:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Killed During Vietnam War Accounted For (Kibbey, R.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Air Force Col. Richard A Kibbey, killed in the Vietnam War, was accounted

for on August 6.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1609067/
airman-
killed-during-vietnam-war-accounted-for-kibbey-r/

 

 

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.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420/1169.

 

Kibbey's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BTbdEAG

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 December, 2018 09:10
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Airman Accounted For From Vietnam War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Air Force

Col. Richard A. Kibbey, 32, of Delmar, New York, killed during the Vietnam

War, was accounted for on Aug. 6, 2018.

 

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.

 

In March 2017, a Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) team

excavated a crash site associated with Kibbey's loss, near Bai Dinh Hamlet,

Dan Hoa Village, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, and recovered possible

osseous remains and material evidence.  On March 31, 2017, a Joint Forensic

Review team examined the possible remains in Da Nang and recommended them

for repatriation to the United States.  The remains were sent to DPAA in

April 2017.  A VNOSMP team continued excavation of the site between February

and April 2018, recovering additional remains.  These remains were sent to

DPAA on April 16, 2018 and consolidated with the remains received in 2017.

 

To identify Kibbey's remains, DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental analysis, as well as

material and circumstantial evidence.

 

The support from the government and people of Vietnam, and Stony Beach, was

vital to the success of this recovery.

 

Today there are 1,592 American servicemen and civilians who are still

unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.  Kibbey's name is recorded on the

Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in

Honolulu, known as the Punchbowl, 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.

 

For funeral details and family contact information, contact the Air Force

Casualty Office at (800) 561-5501.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Kibbey's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BTbdEAG

 

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SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

 

 
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