Bennett, Thomas Waring, Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
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Primary Unit
1972-1980, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1962 - 1972

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Dec 22, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Natchez National Cemetery - Natchez, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 103

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US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR)Air Force Reserve Command Officer Training School (OTS)School Assignments
2nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy22nd Bombardment Group, Medium486th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy 22nd Bombardment Wing, Heavy
307th Strategic Wing2nd Bombardment Squadron, MediumUS Air Force
  1962-1968, US Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR)
  1968-1968, Air Force Reserve Command
  1968-1969, Officer Training School (OTS)
  1969-1970, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1970-1970, 2nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1970-1970, 22nd Bombardment Group, Medium
  1970-1971, 1115A, 486th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1970-1972, 22nd Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1971-1972, 307th Strategic Wing
  1971-1972, 1115A, 2nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1972-1980, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1972 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of Mississippi
  1962-1966, University of Mississippi
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1970-1972, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the copilot of a B-52D that was on a mission to bomb storage facilities near Bac Mai Airfield, North Vietnam when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM). His body was never recovered; he is memorialized in Natchez and on Court A of the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

His 2nd Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor citation:
Captain Thomas W. Bennett, Jr., distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Copilot in Southeast Asia on 22 December 1972. On that date, Captain Bennett participated in high priority bombing missions against vital military targets in heavily defended areas of North Vietnam. Despite the intensity of the defensive reaction and the extreme hazard posed by numerous surface-to-air missiles and hostile interceptors, Captain Bennett displayed extraordinary courage and a remarkable ability to place mission requirements above his personal safety as he flew his aircraft to a successful release of his ordnance on the designated targets. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Bennett reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


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