Bean, James E., Col

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Primary Unit
1972-1974, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1974
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by AB Raymond Guinn to remember Bean, James E., Col USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Coxs Creeks
Last Address

Date of Passing
Jan 03, 2006
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Ex-POW AssociationPost 180Nam-POWS
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1974, American Legion, Post 180 (Vice President) (Louisville, Kentucky) - Chap. Page
  1974, Nam-POWS

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Silver Star Citation reads:

Colonel James E. Bean distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over North Vietnam on 18 December 1967. On that date, Colonel Bean led a flight of four F-105 Thunderchiefs assigned to destroy a highly strategic bridge in North Vietnam. Approaching the target Colonel Bean's aircraft sustained serious damage from hostile anti-aircraft fire. He courageously elected to proceed to the target and with great determination accomplished his assigned mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Bean has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Comments:
New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery 
Nelson County
Kentucky, USA
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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army Reserve (USAR)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)335th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Chiefs8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
388th Tactical Fighter WingPrisoner Of War (POW)469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1942-1943, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1943-1947, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1958-1959, 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Chiefs
  1959-1966, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1967-1968, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1972-1974, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1964-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of KentuckyIndustrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1942-1942, University of Kentucky
  1974-1975, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1944-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1960-1968, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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