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
Patrick Nolan Swenson
Preferred Name: Pat
Date of Birth: February 24, 1935
Highest Military Grade: Select
Hometown: Turner, MT
Pat Swenson flew the F-100 from 1963-1964 with the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Misawa AB, Japan and from 1965-1966 with the 416th out of Tan Son Nhut and Bien Hoa Airbases in Vietnam.