Rank: First Lieutenant
Unit: Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
MOS: 1981 – Air Observation Pilot
Awards: Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device
Note: OH-6A, Tail # 67-16347, Co-pilot
Flight class: 71-20, Fort Wolters, Texas
Enlisted by: Reserve
Commission Source: Artillery OCS Class 21-70, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Date of birth: 21-May-1947
Hometown: Mclean, Virginia
Marital status: Never Married
Campaign: Vietnam Conflict
Start of tour: 19-Dec-1971
Incident date: 19-Dec-1971
Date of casualty: 19-Dec-1971
Age at death: 24
Cause of death: Hostile, died while missing. Unknown. Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Peter Charles Forame was killed while the co-pilot of a military aircraft on a military mission when the aircraft was fired upon by a hostile force, crashed and burned.
On December 19, 1971, an OH-6A Cayuse (tail number 67-16347, call sign “White 1”) carrying two crew members took off on a bomb damage assessment mission with a target area southeast of Dambe, Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. During the mission, this aircraft received heavy enemy ground fire, was hit, and burst into flames. The aircraft passed over an open area and crashed into a tree line at (GC) XU 026 248. It exploded upon impact and was completely destroyed by fire. A strong enemy presence in the area turned back all attempts to search the crash site and recover crew remains.
Peter Charles Forame and Thomas William Skiles are list as Missing In Action.
Location of fatality: Cambodia, XU 026 248
Place of interment: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA