Richard Lebrou Whitesides

Vietnam War
Unit19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
RankCaptain U.S. Air Force
Entered Service FromStockton California
Date of DeathMarch 26 1964
Courts of the Missing
Air Force Cross


Captain Whitesides was a member of the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Khe Sanh Airfield, South Vietnam. On March 26, 1964, he was flying in a Cessna Bird Dog Observation Aircraft (L-19) on a two hour visual reconnaissance over South Vietnam. The aircraft developed engine problems and crashed in a Viet Cong stronghold. CAPT Whitesides' name is permanently inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. His remains have been recovered and identified.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.