Richard Lee Ayers Missing in Action Vietnam War April 16, 1970

Richard Lee Ayers


Unit: 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 

Date of Birth: 18-Feb-33
Date of Death: 16-Apr-70
City: Waterloo
State: IA

Notes: Colonel Ayers was a member of the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Airbase, South Vietnam. On April 16, 1970, he was the weapons/systems officer of a McDonnell Phantom II Reconnaissance Fighter (RF-4C) conducting a reconnaissance of the Demilitarized Zone and Savannakhet Province, Laos. Radio contact was lost. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. For more information see:

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Mike Wallach said...

I have Maj. Ayers MIA/POW bracelet and would love for someone in his family to have it.

Brooke Timm said...

Hello, I am the 3rd cousin to Col. Richard Lee Ayers from Waterloo, IA. My mom used to have the same bracelet, if you would be willing to give it up, I would gift it to my mom. Contact me at or 239-247-1835