Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony “Tony” Shine
Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Anthony "Tony" Shine, a native of Pleasantville, NY, was a member of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron when the A-7D he was piloting disappeared beneath a cloud covering over the border of North Vietnam and Laos. He had deployed with the 355th to Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand for his second tour of duty in Vietnam in October 1972.
On December 2, Lt. Col. Shine was the lead pilot on a combat mission. After arriving at the target area, he advised his wingman that he was going to descend a cloud covering to perform visual reconnaissance. Shortly thereafter, the wingman lost radio contact with him. When Lt. Col. Shine's estimated fuel time had elapsed an extensive search and rescue operation was initiated with negative results. He was declared Missing In Action.
Lt. Col. Shine remained unaccounted for until 1995, when his remains were repatriated for honorable burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The United States Air Force top gun award was established in honor of Lt. Col. Shine and all Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam Conflict. Each year, the Lt. Col. Anthony C. Shine Award is presented to the United States Air Force pilot who has demonstrated superior professionalism and proficiency in flying a tactical fighter aircraft, and who has a high
Location. 33° 40.062′ N, 78° 56.367′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Hackler Street and Howard Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Hackler Street. Touch for map. Located in Market Common Valor Memorial Garden. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brigadier General James Howell Howard (here, next to this marker); Vietnam (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); Captain Stephen Richard Phillis (a few steps from this marker); Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (a few steps from this marker); Valor in Combat (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General James Franklin Hackler, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
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