|Captain Joseph Shaw Ross|
|Barre3 Ft. Thomas. Located at 90 Alexandria Pike.|
Captain Joseph Ross USAF
389th Tactical Fighter Squadron — 366th Tactical Fighter Wing — 7th Air Force
Born January 26, 1943 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Graduate of Highlands High School — Class of 1961
Graduated from the United States Air Force Academy — Class of 1966
Date last seen: August 1, 1968 in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam
Also missing: Colonel William J. Thompson from Houston, Texas
“As a community we can never forget about the ones we left behind on the battlefield. Our primary mission at Rolling Thunder is to remember. We are honored that we have the opportunity to bring awareness to the public so they know we will never forget the sacrifice,” said Todd Matonich, a United States Navy Veteran and Board Member at Rolling Thunder ® , Inc. Kentucky 5.
On August 1, 1968, Colonel Thompson, aircraft commander, and Captain Joseph Ross, pilot compromised the crew of a McDonnell F4D Phantom jet, call sign "Coach 1", that was the lead aircraft in a flight of two. The flight departed DaNang Airbase, South Vietnam on a night armed reconnaissance mission over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam.
Enrollee to their assigned area, they were diverted by command to check out suspected truck traffic in the vicinity of their original target. Coach 1 dropped several sets of illumination flares that allowed them to confirm North Vietnamese truck traffic.