Class Of 1964 USAF Academy

Ray's History


Gone But Not Forgotten


Krogmansm.jpg First Lieutenant Alva R. Krogman, United States Air Force Academy Class of 1964, died on 17 January 1967 while flying an O-1F combat mission in Laos. He was buried at the Air Force Academy Cemetery.

Ray reported to the Academy from Worland, WY via the Prep School at Bainbridge, MD. While at the Academy, he was a member of the 17th Cadet Squadron. His steady, hardworking attitude served him in good stead. His favorite pastimes were bridge, fishing and driving his new white Tempest.

Upon graduation, Ray was assigned to Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB, TX. In 1965 and 1966 he was a pilot in a military airlift squadron at Dover AFB, DE. He trained with the 505th Tactical Control Group at Hurlburt Field, FL before reporting for duty with the 504th Tactical Air Support Group at Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, where he was serving at the time of the incident.

Ray was on a forward air control mission. As he started a left turn near the pre-briefed target, he reported that his O-1F aircraft had been hit. A wingman observed a hole in the rear portion of the wing. Because of evasive action required of the wingman, the actual crash was not observed, but a crash site was subsequently located and the aircraft was observed burning.

(Compiled from various sources by Doug Jenkins, '64)
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