30 September 1966 – LtCol Walter “Mel” Fowler’s F-100 #553502 is hit in the engine by gunfire over SVN. He came close to capture or death by closely advancing Viet Cong before his wingman suppressed the advancing VC and he was picked up from the rice paddy by an Army Helo. Fowler was serving with
Ralph Christy Kellum
“My flying career was terminated in Sep 72 when I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. I convinced the USAF to send me to Purdue to get a BSEE and MSEE then ended up as a test officer in advanced communications.”
Chris was known for being “a brilliant aviator with “Red Hot Hands”.”(1) He graduated No. 1 with honors in his aviation class. He is fondly remembered by his “Misty” buddies for his tremendous sense of humor.
(1) Source: Frank McCabe