Sandner, Robert Louis, Capt

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1965-1966, 1st Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1958 - 1966
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Pleiku AB, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1966
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08E 018

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3640th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)Air Education and Training CommandTraining Units1st Air Commando Squadron
1st Air Commando Wing
  1959-1959, 3640th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1960-1965, Air Education and Training Command
  1965-1965, 4400th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1965-1966, 1st Air Commando Squadron
  1965-1966, 1st Air Commando Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War1
 Colleges Attended 
University of Texas at Austin
  1954-1958, University of Texas at Austin
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  T-38 Talon  A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  1959-1959, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1960-1965, T-38 Talon
  1965-1966, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
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Last Known Activity
 From, created by Billy M. Brown:

"He (Capt Sandner) began his tour in Vietnam on November 11, 1965...

He was assigned to the First Air Commando Squadron, First Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force and he was flying missions out of Pleiku City. On June 7, 1966, he was flying the aircraft, tail number 52-132449 in a low altitude bombing run west of Pleiku City, when his aircraft was hit by enemy antiaircraft guns. He had insufficient altitude to bail out and went down with the aircraft. His body was not initially located.

Under the guise of an archeological dig, his remains were discovered in early 1995. The remains unearthed were 300 bones and the tail section of his aircraft. There were a few artifacts found that his wife recognized; they were part of a watch band and a cigarette lighter. It was on May 7, 1995 when his remains were repatriated. The identification was announced on February 12, 1996. There was also a memorial service held at the former Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas. There is a plaque at his high school in his honor."

"Captain Sandner was born in Kentucky and his family moved to Clear Water, Florida where he attended high school. He graduated from Clear Water High School in 1954. After high school, he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Lennehan. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, while she attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He entered the U.S. Air Force after his graduation in 1958. He completed Officer Candidate School at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. After commissioning, he completed fllight training at Marianna Air force Base in Florida, where his son Robert Junior was born. He then was assigned to Laredo Air Force Base in Texas for secondary flight training. He was then assigned as an instructor pilot at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring in 1960 and was among the first instructors for the T-38 newly assigned to Webb.

Once Lt. Sandner and his family arrived at Webb, they became very active in the community of Big Spring. His wife held several offices up to 1st Vice President of the Officer's Wive's Club at Webb. She was also active in a sorority in Big Spring. His wife's parents located to Big Spring and resided in the Setlle's Hotel. Captain Sandner and his wife bought a house in Big Spring. In 1965, by then Captain Sandner was sent to Hurlburt AFB in Florida for advanced close ground support flight instruction for the AE-1 Skyraider..."

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