Meadows, Eugene Thomas, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115R-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1962 - 1966
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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1940
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hiddenite, NC
Last Address
Da Nang AB

Casualty Date
Oct 13, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 071

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 Unit Assignments
366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1966-1966, 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
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  1966-1966 Vietnam War1
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F-4 Phantom  
  1966-1966, F-4 Phantom
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Last Known Activity
"On 13 October 1966, 1Lt Eugene T. Meadows and 1Lt Murray L. Borden departed their base at Da Nang, South Vietnam on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The aircraft was one in a flight of two F4C Phantom fighter jets. (Note: most U.S. government records list Meadows as the pilot and Borden as the navigator of the aircraft, but U.S. Air Force records indicate that Borden is the pilot of the aircraft.)

The flight of two F4's was to make four passes over its target in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, about 10 miles north of the eastern side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). On its fourth pass, the Meadows/Borden aircraft failed to radio in, and crew members of the other aircraft observed a large explosion while on a down run. They circled the area, but heard no emergency radio signals ('beepers'). Shortly thereafter, however, a beeper was heard by search aircraft, but neither the crew nor the aircraft could be located. The two First Lieutenants were declared Missing in Action..."  Source: http://pownetwork.org

"Memorandum: Number. 295-M

November 21, 1994
MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS

The remains of an American serviceman, previously listed as unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, have been identified as Captain Eugene T. Meadows, USAF. Captain Meadows, a pilot, and his aircraft commander were the crew of an F-4C aircraft which was lost over Quang Binh Province, Vietnam while on an armed reconnaissance mission on October 13, 1966. While the aircraft was on a third pass over an enemy road construction crew, a forward air controller directing the attack witnessed what he believed was exploding ordnance. Efforts to contact the aircraft commander were unsuccessful and, upon determination that the aircraft was missing, a search was initiated with negative results. A helicopter search two days later located wreckage believed to be that of the aircraft, and Captain Meadows and the aircraft commander were listed as missing. Their status was later amended to killed in action, bodies not recovered....Captain Meadows' remains were located during a U.S.-Vietnamese excavation and repatriated earlier this year..."


 
   
Comments/Citation
US Air Force Capt Eugene Thomas Meadows, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Hiddenite, NC.

US Air Force Captain Eugene Thomas Meadows was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Air Force Reserve, CPT Meadows served our country until October 13th, 1966 in North Vietnam. He was 26 years old and was married. It was reported that Eugene died when his plane crashed. His body was recovered. Eugene was born on March 8th, 1940 in Hiddenite, North Carolina. CPT Meadows is on panel 11E, line 071 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. His remains were returned Nov 1994.

I had a MIA bracelet for Murray Borden. He was the other person on this flight. In my searches for information on Murray I found the following. It's not the way we want our men to come home but now there is some closure. Rest in peace. You will not be forgotten.

Memorandum Number: No 295-M, November 21, 1994, MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS. The remains of an American serviceman, previously listed as unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, have been identified as Captain Eugene T. Meadows, USAF. Captain Meadows, a pilot, and his aircraft commander were the crew of an F-4C aircraft which was lost over Quang Binh Province, Vietnam while on an armed reconnaissance mission on October 13, 1966. While the aircraft was on a third pass over an enemy road construction crew, a forward air controller directing the attack witnessed what he believed was exploding ordnance. Efforts to contact the aircraft commander were unsuccessful and, upon determination that the aircraft was missing, a search was initiated with negative results.

A helicopter search two days later located wreckage believed to be that of the aircraft, and Captain Meadows and the aircraft commander were listed as missing. Their status was later amended to killed in action, bodies not recovered. Captain Meadows was born March 8, 1940, and his home of record is Hiddenite, North Carolina. Captain Meadows' remains were located during a U.S.- Vietnamese excavation and repatriated earlier this year. The remains of the aircraft commander, whose name is being withheld, have not yet been located. http://www.defenselink.mil/news/
Nov1994/m112294_mfc1121.html, Iverneman.

He is the Son of Mr Gladie Meadows and Mrs Lillian R Henry Meadows, Hiddenite, NC.

He served with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force, USARV.

He was awarded Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.

Capt Eugene Thomas Meadows was killed along with Maj Murray Lyman Borden III
 
   
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