Richard Abbot Kibbey

Vietnam War
Serial #97263826
RankLieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Unit38th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron
Entered Service From
New York
Date of BirthJune 2, 1934
Date of DeathFebruary 6, 1967
Memorialized Courts of the Missing
Court A
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, United States

Lt. Col. Richard A. Kibbey was a member of the 38th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron. On February 6, 1967, he was the co-pilot of a Sikorsky Sea King Search and Rescue Helicopter (HH-3E) trying to extract a downed American pilot 5 miles from Mu Gia Pass near the border of Laos and North Vietnam. Once the pilot was aboard the helicopter took off and was hit by ground fire causing it to explode and crash. His remains were not recovered at the time. Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of Lt. Col. Kibbey were accounted for in 2018. His name is permanently inscribed in the “Courts of the Missing” at the Honolulu Memorial

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.