LeBlanc, Louis Edward, Jr., SMSgt

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Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
111X0-Defensive Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1972-1973, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1954 - 1983
Senior Master Sergeant

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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Providence, RI
Last Address

Date of Passing
Aug 23, 1997
Location of Interment
Guam Veterans Cemetery - Piti, Guam
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Combat Crew Air Force Retired

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Cold War Medal

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Last Known Activity

SMSgt LeBlanc died on August 23, 1997.  He is buried at Guam Veterans Cemetery, Piti, Guam.

Other Comments:

On December 22, a B52D crew consisting of Capt. Thomas W. Bennett, co-pilot;
LtCol. Gerald W. Alley; Capt. Peter P. Camerota, bombardier; 1Lt. Joseph B.
Copack, Jr., navigator; Capt. Peter J. Giroux, pilot; and MSgt. Louis E.
LeBlanc, tailgunner; departed Utapao on a bombing mission over Hanoi.

When the B52D was about 50 miles northwest of Hanoi, it was hit by Surface to
Air Missiles (SAM). Bennett called the mayday and manually ejected the pilot,
who had blacked out and then bailed out himself. The tailgunner later reported
that he observed in the bright moonlight that the entire crew of six had
deployed parachutes. Three of them, Camerota, Giroux and LeBlanc were released
from prisoner of war camps in Hanoi a few months later in the general prisoner
release of 1973. The U.S. was not expecting them. They had not known that the
three were being held prisoner. Alley, Copack and Bennett were not released and
remained Missing in Action.

During the month of December, 62 crewmembers of B52 aircraft were shot down and
captured or went missing. Of these 62, 33 men were released in 1973. The remains
of about a dozen more have been returned over the years, and the rest are still
missing. At least 10 of those missing survived to eject safely. Where are they?

As reports mounted following the war convinced many authorities that hundreds of
Americans were still held captive in Southeast Asia, many families wonder if
their men were among those said to be still alive in captivity, and are
frustrated at inadequate efforts by the U.S. Government to get information on
their men.

On June 23, 1989, the U.S. announced that the Vietnamese had "discovered" the
remains of Gerald W. Alley and Josepg B. Copack and had sent them home at last.
For 17 years, Alley and Copack - alive or dead - were prisoners in enemy hands.
Their families at last know for certain that their sons are dead. What they may
never know, however, is how - and when - they died, and if they knew that their
country had abandoned them.

Gerald W. Alley was promoted to the rank of Colonel, Thomas W. Bennett was
promoted to the rank of Major and Joseph B. Copack was promoted to the rank of
Captain during the period they were maintained missing.

Louis LeBlanc Jr. retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior
Master Sergeant. He lives in Guam.


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Strategic Air Command (SAC)22nd Bombardment Wing, Heavy307th Strategic WingPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1972-1972, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1972-1972, 22nd Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1972-1972, 307th Strategic Wing
  1972-1973, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
  1968-1969 Operation Arc Light
  1972-1972 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-36 Peacemaker  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  B-66 Destroyer  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1955-1957, B-36 Peacemaker
  1960-1961, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1961-1962, B-66 Destroyer
  1962-1972, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1975-1981, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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