Bennett, Clyde James, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
113X0-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing
Service Years
1951 - 1969
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Auburn, Kentucky
Last Address
Naha AB, Okinawa

Casualty Date
Oct 30, 1969
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Heart Attack
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Stones River National Cemetery - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16W 003

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 Military Association Memberships
Kentucky Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Vietnam War - Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
From Month/Year
June / 1969
To Month/Year
October / 1969

This period was from June 9-October31, 1969.
In the summer of 1969 Communist military action in South Vietnam
temporarily decreased. On July 2, following the siege on Ben I-let.
Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces withdrew into Laos. Defend-
ers at Ben llet credited air power, especially B-52s that bombed
concentrations of troops. with preventing the enemy from capturing
the camp. On August 12, however, a new enemy offensive began;
Communist forces attacked over 100 cities, towns, and military
installations in South Vietnam with mortars, rockets, and, in a few
cases, infantry. During the next month, between September 15 and
October 20. the Seventh Air Force flew close air support against Viet
Cong and North Vietnamese forces that attempted unsuccessfully to
take a camp near Due Lap. about 160 miles northeast of Saigon and 3
miles east of the Cambodian border.

Meanwhile. South Vietnam intensified its paciftcation program. and
the United States began withdrawing its military forces. The first U.S.
troops left the country on July 8. 1969, and in August the USAF
reduced the number of tactical air and B-52 sorties flown daily in
South Vietnam. Two F-100 tactical fighter squadrons and a B-57
tactical bomber squadron left South Vietnam during October and the
United States transferred to the VNAF operation of the air base at Nha
Trang, located on the coast about 200 miles northeast of Saigon.
During the summer and fall of 1969, on the Plain of Jars in Laos, the
USAF provided close air support to Royal Laotian and irregular forces
continuing to fight the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese. On June 24
the Communists attacked Muong Soui, a town 110 miles north of
Vientiane and about 45 miles southeast of Luang Prabang. U.S. Army
helicopters, protected by tactical aircraft, evacuated the Laotian troops
from Muong Soui on June 27, and 4 days later Laotian govemment
forces counterattacked with the aid of USAF close air support. The
advance stalled on July 8, however. when the weather deteriorated and
few tactical fighter sorties could be flown. When the weather im-
proved in late August, the Laotians renewed their offensive, supported
by 200 USAF tactical air sorties daily. On September I2 Laotian
forces captured Xianglthoang and on September 27 they re-entered
Muong Soui.

In the panhandle of Laos, the USAF continued its interdiction campaign.
COMMANDO HUNT ll, concentrating on an area near the Ban I-lieng River
running from the DMZ in Vietnam southwest about 25 miles to
Tcheponc, Laos, 400 miles north of Saigon. The North Vietnamese used
the river and its tributaries to transport supplies from the demilitarized
zone into Laos. Strong antiaircraft batteries along the river protected
storage and transshipment points, petroleum pipelines, and roads used to
move supplies, personnel, and equipment into South Vietnam. The
USAF flew tactical air and B-52 missions against this network during
the day and gunship missions at night to destroy much of the materiel the
enemy attempted to move.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
June / 1969
To Month/Year
October / 1969
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
Units Participated in Operation

355th Wing - Desert Lightning

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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  • Bonner, John, Lt Col, (1968-1989)
  • Bopp, Timothy, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Bristow, Robert, TSgt, (1950-1975)
  • Brown, Terrence, MSgt, (1967-2008)
  • Carter, Jackie, CMSgt, (1962-1989)
  • Chapman, Harry Moulton, Brig Gen, (1942-1974)
  • Clifton, Craig, MSgt, (1959-1983)
  • Davis, Robert, MSgt, (1960-1982)
  • Dewolfe, James, MSgt, (1967-1990)
  • Dickson, Michael, MSgt, (1966-1988)
  • Drawdy, William D., SSgt, (1967-1970)
  • Dyke, Samuel Eugene, Col, (1942-1972)
  • Dyson, Herb, SSgt, (1968-1975)
  • Elbert, Richard, MSgt, (1969-1989)
  • Friedauer, Max, Lt Col, (1965-1992)
  • Gailer, Frank Lewis, Brig Gen, (1942-1972)
  • Gallant, Samuel, MSgt, (1968-1995)
  • Geese, Ralph, MSgt, (1965-1986)
  • Glikas, Gus, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Green, Joe Bob, Col, (1954-1975)
  • Grimsley, Richard, CCM, (1968-1998)
  • Harris, Rod, SMSgt, (1968-1992)
  • Heeger, Dennis, Capt, (1965-1970)
  • Helms, William, Capt, (1961-1983)
  • Holbury, Robert James, Maj Gen, (1942-1972)
  • Kendrick, Michael, Sgt, (1968-1972)
  • Kliner, Randall, CMSgt, (1964-1994)
  • Leonard, Ralph, MSgt, (1967-1992)
  • Miller, James, Maj, (1966-1989)
  • Miller, Kenneth, 1stSgt, (1967-1987)
  • Miller, Kenneth, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Mosley, William, CMSgt, (1957-1989)
  • Perry, Eddie, SMSgt, (1969-1997)
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  • Pfanschmidt, Phil, Lt Col, (1961-1982)
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  • Sandoval, Joe, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Segraves, Donald, TSgt, (1967-2007)
  • Stone, Art, TSgt, (1959-1979)
  • Sullivan, Edwin, Col, (1955-1983)
  • Sweet, John, SSgt, (1966-1973)
  • Sylvester, William, TSgt, (1964-1985)
  • Taylor, Bruce W., Sgt, (1968-1974)
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