On this day – March 10, 1969 – F-100 pilot Capt. Arthur William Cofer is declared KIA.

March 10, 1969 -F-100 pilot Capt. Arthur William Cofer is declared KIA.

Capt. Arthur William Cofer with the 612 TFS/37 TFW out of Phu Cat, was flying his F-100 D (#563380), when the aircraft was hit by gunfire over South Vietnam. Cofer was reported missing and ultimately declared dead on March 10, 1969. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Hostile Died While Missing, Air Loss Crash – Land, Fixed Wing – Pilot”. Incident Location: South Vietnam, Ninh Thuan province.(1)

Arthur was born on December 7, 1941, in Springfield, IL.  He was selected for pilot training and his first assignment was flying an F-100 in Vietnam.  He is burlied in Arlington National Cemetary.

His medals include:

Purple Heart

National Defense Service Medal

Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Service Medal

Air Force Presidential Unit Citation

Vietnam Gallantry Cross

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

(1) Source: https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=319733

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