Bell, Holly Gene, Maj

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Last Rank
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1970
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Beaumont, Texas
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jan 28, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14W 073

 Official Badges 

Combat Rescue Officer Combat Crew

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
35th Tactical Fighter Wing3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1967-1968, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1969-1970, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1969-1970, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
  1969-1970 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1969-1970 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  
  1967-1968, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
  1970-1970, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was piloting an HH-53B that was on its way to rescue the crew of an F-105G that had been shot down in North Vietnam. The helicopter exploded when hit by a missile fired from a MiG-21; none of the 6 men aboard survived. 
His remains were repatriated in 1988 and interred at Arlington in 1989 in Section 60 Grave 5387. He is also memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial, Courts of the Missing, Court A, and at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Section MA Site 38.

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