Conley, Eugene Ogden, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1115A, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1944 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Akron, Ohio
Last Address
Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14E 060

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
59th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron5th Air ForceNellis Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force BaseAir Force Bases/ Installations1st Air Commando GroupAir Proving Gound Command
354th Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1949-1951, 1115A, 59th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1951-1951, 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1951-1952, 5th Air Force
  1952-1954, Nellis Air Force Base
  1956-1957, Edwards Air Force Base
  1957-1960, 1115A, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1960-1962, McClellan Air Force Base
  1962-1963, 1st Air Commando Group
  1965-1966, Air Proving Gound Command
  1966-1966, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1967, 1115A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1967, 1115A, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1952 Korean War
  1966-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Purdue UniversityAir Force Institute of TechnologyAir Force Institute of Technology
  1954-1956, Purdue University
  1954-1956, Air Force Institute of Technology
  1963-1965, Air Force Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-84 Thunderjet  F-86 Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1949-1951, F-84 Thunderjet
  1951-1953, F-86 Sabre
  1966-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His F-105D was shot down Jan 21, 1967 near Thai Nguyen, North Vietnam. It was seen to impact the ground with no parachute seen nor beeper heard. His remains were returned to the United States on Jun 22, 1989 and identified Jul 15, 2002.

His AF Force Cross Citation reads:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Ogden Conley, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism while serving as an F-105 Thunderchief Pilot with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, in action over North Vietnam on 21 January 1967. On that date, Colonel Conley was the Seventh Air Force's mission commander for a two-wing strike force launched against a heavily defended rail yard in the vicinity of Hanoi. Coolly evaluating the hostile force's defensive posture, he skillfully led the first flight through the concentrated flak barrages and picked his way past the deadly surface-to-air missiles. After visually acquiring the target, he scanned the area for the heaviest concentration of hostile fire upon which to unload his deadly weapons in order to minimize the threat to those he led. He attacked his target and then, with complete disregard for his personal safety, he circled the target area to incite the defenders to unleash their full defensive might against him, thereby permitting his followers to destroy the target. Observing a hostile missile site near the target, he marked it, ordered an attack against it, and then fearlessly circled back over the target area to seek out other hostile defenses. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel Conley reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Service: Air Force
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Sources:
http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/c/c419.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74045537
https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/conley%3Deugene-0
https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=267371
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/eoconley.htm
Book: "Thud Ridge", Colonel Jack Broughton, 1969, Bantam Books, pp 125-140.
   
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