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Col Elwyn Rex “Rex” Capling

Col Elwyn Rex “Rex” Capling

Rosetown, Battleford Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Death 19 Sep 1968 (aged 38)
Burial Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Plot 003 c 056
Memorial ID 17906334 · View Source
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In loving memory of... Col. Elwyn Rex Capling.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 37
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Jul 15, 1930
Born: Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada
Marital Status: Married - Virginia Capling and Daughter, Kris Capling. Parents: Father, Rex Capling (1898 - 1971) and Mother, Edna P. Capling (1891 - 1961).

Sister, Joan Capling Quirk - FAG Memorial# 23955816. Birth:Nov. 1, 1928-Death:Jan. 11, 2008. Joan E. Quirk, 79, of Bad Axe died Friday, at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. Joan was born in Rosetown Saskatchewan, Canada to the late Rex and Edna (Hamilton) Capling.

****** I was also flying in the area, when Rex, was shot down. I was flying in a flight of F-4's attacking a nearby target when Rex's F 105, was shot down. When I heard on "guard," that he was bailing out, we kept our remaining ordance and went over and flew 'cap' over where he landed. I'am probably the last person who talked to him. He landed in a large cabbage field, his legs were broken and he couldn't move. (broken arms and legs, were common in high speed ejections, from F 105's) I did not know, that it was Rex, until after I got back, to Danang and read the classified, 'shoot down' report.
Robert Krogseng - Stationed with Rex, in the 62, nd., FIS., K.I., Sawyer, AFB.

COL - O6 - Air Force - Reserve
His tour began on Jan 19, 1968
Casualty was on Sep. 19, 1968
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT

Body was recovered
Panel 43W - Line 33

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

on September 19, 1968, Maj. Elwyn Rex Capling was the pilot of an F105F aircraft sent on a mission in North Vietnam .

During the mission, Capling's aircraft was shot down over Quang Binh Province. Other pilots in the flight observed Maj. Capling's successful ejection and landing on the ground.

By radio, Capling reported his leg was broken and requested help. Because of the heavy concentration of North Vietnamese forces in the immediate area, rescue attempts were impossible.

In November 1973, JCRC received a cable from Defense Intelligence Agency which was copied to various high stations, including CIA, the Secretary of State and the White House. The cable stated JCRC should "take necessary action to delete any references pertaining to PW [Prisoner of War] status and place members in a new MIA code" the files of Capling and several others. Whether JCRC had positive intelligence that indicated Capling had been captured is unknown.

Promoted to Colonel while in MIA status



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  • Maintained by: Eddieb
  • Originally Created by: HEE
  • Added: 12 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17906334
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Elwyn Rex “Rex” Capling (15 Jul 1930–19 Sep 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17906334, citing United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .