Anderson, Edwin Parker, Jr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
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Primary Unit
1969-1969, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1947 - 1969
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Redwood City, CA
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB

Casualty Date
Apr 08, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 27W Line 036

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
42nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1969, 1585Z, 42nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
  1969-1969, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
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EB-66 Destroyer  
  1969-1969, EB-66 Destroyer
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:EB-66B Tail #53-0498 Engine Failure during take-off at Takhli RTAFB no boots date 7th Air Force 355th TFW 42nd Tactical EW Squadron -------
From SSgt John Paul Jones Sr: Here's some info on 53-0498: Converted to EB-66B ECM aircraft. Engine failure on takeoff, Takhli. 42nd TEWS LtCol. Edwin P. Anderson, LtCol. James E. Ricketts, 1st LT. Joseph M Orlowski. All Killed. Source: ------
"Edwin P. Anderson was a navigator assigned to the 42nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron at Takhli RTAFB in Thailand. The 42nd TEWS flew the Douglas EB-66E Destroyer, a medium bomber that had been converted to an electronic warfare platform. -- a stand-off jammer whose mission was to protect the strike aircraft by jamming the North Vietnamese radars. The unarmed, twin engine jet had a crew of three -- pilot, navigator, and electronic warfare officer (EWO). On April 8, 1969 Anderson was scheduled to fly with James Ellsworth Ricketts, Jr., the pilot (and squadron commander),and Joseph M. Orlowski, the Electronic Warfare Officer. But with a full load of electronic gear the B-66 was woefully under powered, and couldn't take off on one engine. That day, one of the engines failed during take off and the plane crashed in a rice paddy at the end of the runway, killing all three men. I was walking across the base at the time, and I can still see the dark column of smoke rising out in front of me and off to my left. Although Jim and Joe were my friends, I hardly knew Anderson, and for years it bothered me that I could remember what he looked like, but I couldn't remember his name. The first time I went to the Wall, I thought I'd be able to find his name right there with Joe's and Jim's. But somebody screwed up the dates, Joe's name is on one panel, and Jim's name is two panel's away, as if the government hadn't gotten the word that they'd all died in the same airplane. I was dumbfounded. I wanted to know his name so badly that I didn't know what to do next. I just stood there staring at The Wall with a stunned look on my face. Then a guide at the memorial came over and asked if he could help. How do you explain to somebody that you can't remember a guy's name? All I could remember was that the navigator was an FNG and a Lieutenant Colonel. The guide told me he thought it might be Edwin P. Anderson. And then I remembered -- Andy Anderson. We called him Andy Anderson. His name is three lines above Joe's." Posted by: Tom Mangan, Brockport, NY Email: Relationship: We served together Monday, April 8, 2002 ------
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