Bean, William Raymond, Col

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Last Rank
Primary Unit
1972-1973, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1967 - 1997
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Contact Info
Home Town
Alexander City, Alabama
Last Address
Montgomery, Alabama

Date of Passing
Jan 18, 2014
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 64 Grave 4611

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
  1973, Nam-POWS

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Synopsis of his Legion of Merit citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain William Raymond Bean, Jr., United States Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States. His ceaseless efforts, by a continuous showing of resistance to an enemy who ignored all international agreements on treatment of Prisoners of War, in the extremely adverse conditions of the communist prisons of North Vietnam, demonstrated his professional competence, unwavering devotion, and loyalty to his country. Despite the harsh treatment through his long years of incarceration, he continued to perform his duties in a clearly exceptional manner which reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

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Aviator (Command)
Navigator Observer (basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Officer Training School (OTS)School Assignments435th Tactical Fighter Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1967-1967, Officer Training School (OTS)
  1967-1968, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1968-1969, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1971-1972, 1551A, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1971-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1972-1973, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1972 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1971-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Auburn UniversityArmed Forces Staff College
  1962-1966, Auburn University
  1978-1979, Armed Forces Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  F-4 Phantom  
  1969-1972, F-4 Phantom
  1975-1978, F-4 Phantom
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