Cornelius, Samuel Blackmar, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115F-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1972-1973, 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1964 - 1973
Officer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lubbock
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB

Casualty Date
Jun 16, 1973
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Cambodia
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 119

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 Unit Assignments
58th Tactical Fighter Squadron432nd Tactical Fighter Wing
  1972-1973, 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1972-1973, 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1973-1973 Non-operation sorties/missions over Cambodia
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1972-1973, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 CAPT Samuel B. Cornelius was the pilot of an F4E Phantom assigned a strike mission in Cambodia on June 16, 1973. His electronic weapons officer on the
flight was CAPT John J. Smallwood. Over the target area, the F4 was hit by
hostile fire and crashed. No parachutes were seen, and no emergency beeper
signals were heard indicating that the crew ejected safely. The official
word was that their survival was unlikely.

Few American planes were shot down in Cambodia during this time period.
Peace documents had been signed in Paris ending hostilities in Vietnam in
January of that year, but strikes in Cambodia continued. Another F-4 piloted
by Douglas Martin and with backseater Samuel L. James had been shot down
April 18. One of the crew of an HH53C helicopter, MSGT David V. McLeod, Jr.,
went missing on June 14, 1973. These were the only Americans missing during
the spring and summer of 1973 in Cambodia...


   
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------- From POW Network: 336th TFS, 4th TFW: TDY from SJ. CAPT Samuel B. Cornelius was the pilot of an F4E Phantom assigned a strike mission in Cambodia on June 16, 1973. His electronic weapons officer on the flight was CAPT John J. Smallwood. Over the target area, the F4 was hit by hostile fire and crashed. No parachutes were seen, and no emergency beeper signals were heard indicating that the crew ejected safely. The official word was that their survival was unlikely. -------



   
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