Elmon Cleveland Caudill, II
29 November 1970 Lt Elmon (Mike) C. Caudill, II, Class of 1968 and
former member of the 12th cadet squadron, was reported missing when
the C-123 aircraft, on which he was a passenger, crashed 10-15 miles
south of Cam Ranh Bay AB. His status was changed to deceased on 17
December 1970. Lt Caudill is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Elmon Caudill. His funeral was held at the USAF Academy on 30 December
brief note about Elmon C. Caudill --
During doolie year in "Fightin'
Fourth" Elmon was my last roommate of the year (I had about 5 other roommates
but they all washed out -- Fightin' Fourth was not a particularly pleasant place
to be for our class).
I remember Elmon being tall, really skinny, and
gangly so he didn't quite fit "the image." but Elmon, in spite of taking
more than his share of attention from the upper class due to his wispy stature,
was a fountain of knowledge about Air Force aircraft. Elmon also introduced me
to the "Doc" Smith Lensman series and Ian Fleming's 007 books.
didn't go to the same UPT base as Elmon but I am pretty sure he graduated at the
top of his UPT class and received a fighter assignment (F-100?). Those who remember
the drought of fighter assignments for our class know just how difficult it was
to get a fighter.
I must confess a little secret pleasure when I heard
my former gawky, uncoordinated roommate finally hit his stride in pilot training.
But then, after Elmon put in a year of combat in fighters he gets on a C-123
that is going to take him to his freedom bird home and the idiot flying the C-123
decides to fly into a hard cloud.
Elmon deserved better,
here to see the entry
on the Virtual Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial.