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Colorado Guardsman killed in action in Vietnam 
By Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral 
Rubbing 

A rubbing of Maj. Clyde Seiler’s name from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington (CONG archives)

On March 27, 1969, Maj. Clyde Seiler, 37, a pilot in the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron, became the Colorado National Guard's first casualty of the Vietnam War.

He was flying his F-100C Super Sabre and on his second strafing pass in the vicinity of Song Be Mountain when the plane was hit by enemy ground fire, causing a premature napalm bomb explosion.

The 120th TFS was just two weeks shy of returning home

Seiler's remains were recovered a year and a half later, in Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, near the site where his jet crashed.

He is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on panel 28W, line 64.

3/21/2015