TSGT James D. Farmer


TSgt Farmer, James Dale was killed on 16 January 1973.  TSgt Farmer was assigned to the 456th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Air Force Mobile Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), 7th Air Force. TSgt Farmer was on temporary duty to the U.S. Embassy in Laos and was supporting a classified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operation at the time of his death, which started on 3 January 1973. TSgt had previously cleared 25 kilometers of road and three villages. TSgt Farmer was killed while clearing an airfield at Paksong, Laos, of an enemy booby-trapped 105mm projectile. The location was a Special Forces camp Lima Site 05 and it had a 3,500-foot runway. TSgt Farmer was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Purple Heart Medal. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal facility at Hickam, Air Force Base, Oahu, Hawaii is named after him in his memory.

Additional Facts: Service Number: FR450-48-6272; Age 38; Born: 13 August 1934, Frisco, Texas; Vietnam Memorial: Panel 01W Row 111; Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas. 

*This bio was researched and authored by SGM Mike R.Vining, USA (Retired). Please send any additional information and/or corrections to the author of this bio by email: sgmmvining@gmail.com. The EOD Warrior Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy of the information in bio.


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January 16, 1973

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