John Robert Baldridge Jr. Missing in Action Vietnam November 20, 1969

John Robert Baldridge Jr.


Unit: 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron 

Date of Birth: 2-Nov-46
Date of Death: 20-Nov-69
City: Memphis
State: TN

Notes: Captain Baldridge was a member of the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron. On November 20, 1969, he was the pilot of a Cessna Skymaster Observation Aircraft (O-2A) on a mission over Laos when his aircraft was shot down. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. For more information see:

Did you know John Robert Baldridge Jr.? Did you serve with him? Did you wear his bracelet? Do you have a story of him or photo to share?  If you can answer yes to any of those questions, please leave a comment, so all can know that he has not been forgotten.


Anonymous said...

I wore a POW/MIA bracelet with Capt. Baldridge's name when I was in Middle School.

Anonymous said...

I was looking through some of my old things this afternoon and again pulled out my POW/MIA bracelet with Capt. Baldridge's name on it. For the first time in many years I did a google search and was amazed at how much information has been digitized; thank you all for that to help me learn more about Capt. Baldridge. When I came to this site, I was amazed that the person who left the first comment did so just yesterday. Not necessarily relevant, but interesting.

Anonymous said...

I wore the bracelet with Capt. Baldridge's name from the time bracelets were issued till I was in college. Still have it. It was the only jewelry I have ever worn.

Anonymous said...

He was my uncle and i am proud of him for serving our country and everytime i tell his story i feel proud and brave

Anonymous said...

His family called him 'Butch', I am his family too,
He was my mothers first cousin. I was in the seventh grade in Memphis when I got my POW/MIA bracelet. I remember that my classmates and I were waiting as the teacher at St. Agnes girls school, passed out the bracelets. We all opened the plastic bags and put the bands proudly on our little arms. Who was name on MY bracelet?? Captain John Baldridge, There is no such thing as coincidence. It was a message. I choose to believe that Butch survived the crash and that villagers protected him.

Joe Kupris said...

I was cleaning out my bedroom closet and found my "Capt. John Baldridge Jr" metal bracelet. It has three, circular, white stickers on it with blue stars. Does anyone know what the stickers mean or symbolize? Joe Kupris of Salem, Oregon.

Jim H. said...

Hi Joe, the blue star with white background means the person was missing in action. A white star with blue background meant they were a Prisoner of War.

Constantine Rekatas said...

My mom who is now 62 still has the silver metal missing in action bracelet of Captain John Baldridge Jr. 11-20-69 She wore it for ten years after she was given it in school.

Kim in Texas said...

I also grew up hearing the stories of Butch, my father, Jerry, was a first cousin also and they were like brothers. As the keeper of the family history, I have collected as much as I can about Butch and am following some links tonight. I love how many people wore a bracelet with his name on it.

John Daly said...

I first met Butch at Texas A&M. We were classmates and both in the Corps of Cadets although Butch was in the USAF portion and I was in the Army portion. We got to know each other through the Ross Volunteer (RV) Company at A&M. Butch and I went down to Corpus Christi (my home) with the RV Company in the Spring of 1967 for Buccaneer Days. Buth and I drove down in Buth's VW Karmen Ghia and hit a buzzard on the way down; we stayed at my parent's house in Corpus Christi. We were good friends after that weekend!

After graduation, I lost touch with Butch until late October in 1969 when I ran into him at the Danang Officers Open Mess (DOOM) at Danang AFB in RVN. I had been in-country since late September and was flying USMC AH-1G Cobra helicopters out of Marble Mountain (about 6 miles west of Danang); Butch was flying USAF O-2s with the 20th TASS. We had a good time that night in Danang and shared a few drinks together that night.

In December, I saw Bob Huff, another classmate from Texas A&M, who told that Butch had been sho0t down and was MIA. In February 1970, I was able to see the crash site from the air and saw the crash debris.

Butch will always have a special place in my heart. He could always make you laugh and was one of the few people I have ever seen who could do a prolonged Cossack dance!