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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575A-Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Last Unit
1966-1966, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1943 - 1966
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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1925
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Madison
Last Address
Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jul 23, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09E 063

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 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps (USMC)67th Reconnaissance Group12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic26th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
354th Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1943-1948, US Marine Corps (USMC)
  1952-1952, M 0141, 67th Reconnaissance Group
  1953-1953, M 0141, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic
  1959-1965, 26th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1966-1966, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Colleges Attended 
Randolph-Macon College
  1948-1951, Randolph-Macon College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1952-1953, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
  1959-1965, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1965-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Combat and Operations History
  1943-1945 Wars and Conflicts/World War II
  1952-1953 Wars and Conflicts/Korean War
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
During WWII, Colonel Benjamin Newson served with the Marine Corps in aviation ordnance from 1943 until1946 when he was discharged. He served in the Pacific Theater.

He later served in the USMC Reserves in 1948 when he returned to college to complete his degree. He received his commission in the USAF Reserves in 1951. He served in Korea from July 1952 until June 1953 as an ECM officer aboard the RB-26. He later was trained as an EWO aboard the B-52 in which he served with the 26th Bomb Squadron of the 11th Bomb Wing at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, from March 1959 to September 1965, followed by service on the staff of the 11th Strategic Aerospace Wing at Altus AFB from September to December 1965.

He then trained as an EWO aboard the F-105 and served at Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, from June 1966. Then Major Benjamin Newsom flew as a navigator with pilot, Colonel Gene Pemberton whe he was lost on a mission aboard an F-105F (#63-8338) over North Vietnam. They were forced to eject and were taken POW on 23 July 1966. He died in captivity, 3 days later.

Both his and Colonel Pemberton's remains were returned 6 March 1974.

He left a wife and two sons
   
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