LYNN RAGLE HUDDLESTON was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from Texas Tech University Army ROTC, Lubbock, Texas, in January 1966. He entered the Army May 6, 1966 at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant June 6, 1967, at Fort Ruckner, Alabama. He arrived at Ben Hoa Airport near Saigon, South Vietnam, June 26, 1967.
He was reported missing in action September 26, 1967 in the vicinity of Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam. Loss Coordinates: 113115N 1062952E (XT633739)
Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.
SYNOPSIS: At 0910 hours on September 26, 1967, 1Lt. Lynn R. Huddleston was the pilot of an O1D reconnaissance aircraft on which Geist was the observer. Huddleston was from the 74th Aviation Company "Aloft", a recon aircraft company from the 145th Aviation Battalion. Geist was from Detachment A-332, 5th Special Forces Group. The aircraft left on a visual reconnasaince mission of the Minh Than area.
A radio call was received by Detachment A-332 at 0930 hours from Lt. Huddleston. No coordinates were given. Again at 1030 hours, a call from Lt. Huddleston was monitored by Hon Quan Radar, and Huddleston gave his position as the vicinity of grid coordinates XT633739, or a few miles from the border of Cambodia just north of Minh Thanh. This was the last radio communication with the personnel aboard the O1D. The plane never reached its destination. Search and rescue was initiated at 1310 hours, but was terminated 3 days later without any sightings of either the aircraft or its crew. There has been no word of the two since.
One year after he was listed MIA, he was commissioned to the rank of Captain. On January 24, 1974, the U. S. Army declared Captain HUDDLESTON dead.
"HE DID NOT COME HOME!"
Survivors: Wife - Janie Stark Huddleston Kreisner; Daughter: Lujean Lynn Kreisner; Parents - Mr. & Mrs. R. H. Huddleston; Grandparents - Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Ragle, Mrs. Wade Hutcheson.
Memorial Services Slated For Ralls U.S. Army PilotRALLS (Special) - Memorial services for Capt. Lynn Ragle Huddleston, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Huddleston of Ralls, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.
Memorial graveside services will be at the Ralls Cemetery.
Capt. Huddleston, a 1960 graduate of Ralls High School and 1966 graduate of Texas Tech University, was reported missing in action while on a mission over Southeast Asia in September, 1967.
His case was reviewed one year later, and he was promoted to captain, although listed as MIA by the Pentagon. He was reclassified as KIA (killed in action) on Jan. 24, 1974.
Capt. Huddleston was one of three South Plains MIAs honored with a plaque dedicated beside a "freedom tree " near the entrance to South Plains Mall in Lubbock on Oct. 22, 1973.
He was born Dec. 21, 1941, and married the former Jannie Stark of El Paso on June 1, 1963. their daughter, Lujean Lynn was born Sept. 30, 1965.
Capt., Huddleston's brother, Lauren, lives in Los Angeles, Calif. His daughter lives in Austin with her mother, Mrs. Howard Kreisner.
His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ragle of Ralls and Mrs. Wade Huddleston of Springtown, Tex.
While attending Texas Tech, where he earned his commission as a second lieutenant through U.S. Army ROTC, he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.
His Army career began May 11, 1966, at Ft. Eustis, Va. He progressed through the ranks and received his wings from the U.S. Army Aviation School at Ft. Ruckner, Ala., on June 6, 1967.
Twenty days later he was in the Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam. In less than three months, he was missing.
Lubbock Avalanche Journal, June 27, 1974Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum