Tishomingo in Johnston County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
CDR. Clarence "Smokey" Tolbert USN
This USN F-11A "Tiger" was last flown by #6 Solo pilot, 1968 Blue Angel, CDR. Clarence O. "Smokey" Tolbert USN. The supersonic Grumman "Tiger" F-11A saw duty as the primary aircraft of the Blue Angels from 1957-1968. At Smokey's request this
Erected by Tishomingo Historic Memory Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Valor in Aerial Operations series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 6, 1972.
Location. 34° 14.11′ N, 96° 40.965′ W. Marker is in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in Johnston County. Marker is at the intersection of South Capital Avenue and West 12th Street, on the right when traveling south on South Capital Avenue. The marker is located at the base of the aircraft. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 South Capitol Avenue, Tishomingo OK 73460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lest We Forget - World War I (a few steps from this marker); Richard Miles McCool Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Lest We Forget - World War II (a few steps from this marker); Lest We Forget - Korea (a few steps from this marker); Lest We Forget - Vietnam (a few steps from this marker); Lest We Forget (a few steps from this marker); Lest We Forget - Persian Gulf (a few steps from this marker); Good Springs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tishomingo.
Also see . . . The loss of CDR. Clarence "Smokey" Tolbert USN.
Commander Clarence O. Tolbert was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 56 onboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY. On November 6, 1972, Tolbert launched in his A7B "Corsair" in a flight of two on a reconnaissance mission into Nghe An Province, North Vietnam. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire in the starboard wing during the mission.(Submitted on October 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Commander Tolbert immediately turned the aircraft towards the coast (the favored evasion route), just as it caught fire. The fire went out within seconds but the aircraft continued to stream fuel. Within 1 1/2 miles from the coast the flight controls apparently froze and the aircraft impacted the ground in a flat spin.
Tolbert's wingman observed the aircraft from the time it was hit until impact with the ground and observed no ejection or parachute. No radio communication was established during the whole episode. An active search and rescue effort was discontinued due to lack of visual or voice contact. Source: US Naval Academy Memorial Hall
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 206 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.