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Gosnell in Mississippi County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Brave Men from the 97th Bombardment Wing

 
 
Brave Men from the 97th Bombardment Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Brave Men from the 97th Bombardment Wing Marker
Inscription.
To honor the memory
of these brave men from
the 97th Bombardment Wing
at Blytheville Air Force Base
who did not return after their
B-52 aircraft was shot down
over Hanoi, North Vietnam in
December 1972
Col. Keith R. Heggen
Lt. Col. Donald L. Rissi
Major Bobby A. Kirby
Capt. Randall J. Craddock
Capt. George D. Lockhart
Capt. Ronald D. Perry
Capt. Robert J. Thomas
Capt. Charles E. Darr
SmSgt. Walter L. Ferguson

 
Erected by their families, compatriots and friends.
 
Location. 35° 57.54′ N, 89° 57.74′ W. Marker is in Gosnell, Arkansas, in Mississippi County. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Chestnut Drive, on the right when traveling east on Memorial Drive. Click for map. Located on the former Eaker Air Force Base (also known as Blytheville Air Force Base), a few blocks inside the west gate. Marker is in this post office area: Gosnell AR 72319, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Herman Davis (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The Gosnell community has taken steps to ensure this memorial is preserved
Close Up of the Plaque image. Click for full size.
2. Close Up of the Plaque
for future generations.
 
Also see . . .
1. Operation Linebacker II. After the Paris Peace Talks stalled in 1972, the US launched Operation Linebacker II, sending a strong message to the North Vietnamese. The all out effort brought the parties back to the peace table. (Submitted on November 4, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Eaker Air Force Base. Blytheville/Eaker was an active Strategic Air Command until the post Cold War draw down in the 1990s. (Submitted on November 4, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Photos at the Base of the Memorial (Part 1) image. Click for full size.
3. Photos at the Base of the Memorial (Part 1)
Photos at the Base of the Memorial (Part 2) image. Click for full size.
4. Photos at the Base of the Memorial (Part 2)
Photos at the Base of the Memorial (Part 3) image. Click for full size.
5. Photos at the Base of the Memorial (Part 3)
B-52 Model image. Click for full size.
6. B-52 Model
Brave Men from the 97th Bombardment Wing Marker image. Click for full size.
7. Brave Men from the 97th Bombardment Wing Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,329 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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