Underwood, James Edward, Maj

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Primary Unit
1964-1965, 34th Tactical Group
Service Years
1943 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Choteau, Montana
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
May 16, 1965
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Explosive Device
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 120

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 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Senior)
Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments
13th Bombardment Squadron, Light34th Tactical Group
  1964-1965, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1964-1965, 34th Tactical Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1948-1952, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-57 Canberra  
  1964-1965, B-57 Canberra
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Major Underwood served during WWII.  He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He served during the Korean War.

In Vietnam, he served as a pilot with the 13th Bomb Squadron, 34th Tactical Group at Bien Hoa AB, RVN.

On the morning of Sunday, May 16, 1965, Major James E. Underwood, was waiting in line to Takoff on a Bombing mission when a B-57B exploded on the ground setting off a chain of secondary explosions. The resulting conflagration destroyed ten B-57s, eleven VNAF A-1H Skyraiders, and a US Navy F-8 Crusader and caused numerous casualties among air and ground crewmen. 27 men died in the explosion and fire.


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