Bennett, Robert Elwood, III, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 558th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1965 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield, NJ
Last Address
Cam Ranh AB

Casualty Date
Dec 13, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cedar Grove Cemetery - Montrose, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
31E 085

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
12th Tactical Fighter Wing558th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1967, 1325P, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1967, 558th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Newark College of Engineering
  1960-1964, Newark College of Engineering
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1967-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

1Lt. Robert E. Bennett III was the pilot of an F-4C aircraft which was assigned a close air support mission in South Vietnam on December 13,1967.  His aircraft, the #2 plane in a flight of two, had just delivered its ordinance and the crewmembers were instructed to drop their cannisters in a river.  They acknowledged the transmission and immediately thereafter were seen to eject with good parachutes.  (their is no indication in public records why the crew ejected).
   Bennett and his Bombardier/Navigator landed in a river ( from the coordinates, probably the Song Co Chien River, a large body of water seperating Vinh Binh and Kien Hoa Provinces on the southern coast of Vietnam).  According to Air Force records, one crewman was rescued uninjured, and he was the pilot of the aircraft.  Defence Department records indicate that Bennett was the pilot of the aircraft.  Bennett's parachute sank before rescue personnel could reach him.



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