Final Mission of CAPT George B. LockhartPosted on 12/17/14 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgOn December 21, 1972, a B-52 bomber from the 72nd Strat Wing, Anderson AFB Guam, was sent on a bombing mission during the famed Christmas Bombings during that month. By the 21st, when the B-52 departed for the Hanoi region, 8 B-52's and several fighter bombers had been lost since December 18, and 43 flyers had been captured or killed during the same period. The Christmas Bombings, despite press accounts to the contrary, were of the most precise the world had seen. Pilots involved in the immense series of strikes generally agree that the strikes against anti-aircraft and strategic targets was so successful that the U.S., had it desired, "could have taken the entire country of Vietnam by inserting an average Boy Scout troop in Hanoi and marching them southward." A very high percentage of B-52 aircrew were captured immediately and returned in 1973, a much higher percentage than strategists imagined. Beyond that number, several were known to have made it safely to the ground, yet did not return for unknown reasons. When the B-52 from 72 Strat Wing, Guam was hit by a surface-to-air missile in the early hours of December 21, 1972, the fate of the crewmembers was varied. Multiple emergency beepers were heard by aircraft in the area, indicating that several of the crew members had safely bailed out of the crippled aircraft. James Lollar was captured and subsequently released in March the following year. The U.S. did not know he had been captured. CAPT Ronald D. Perry's remains were returned exactly 3 years to the day from the day he was shot down. The remains of CAPT Randall J. Craddock, COL Bobby A. Kirby, CAPT George B. Lockhart and MAJ Charles E. Darr were returned six days short of the sixteenth anniversary of their shoot-down. The positive identifications of the second group to be returned were announced in August 1989. Another returned POW, Ernest Moore, mentioned that he believed Darr had been held at the "Zoo" in Hanoi, but the U.S. never changed Darr's status from Missing to Prisoner. George B. Lockhart is a 1969 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. [Taken from pownetwork.org]MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/15/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear Captain George Barry Lockhart, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. George Barry LOCKHART, USAF...who died for our country!!!!!Posted on 6/16/11 - byIf I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchnace, may therein comfort you.MORE
We RememberPosted on 6/9/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgGeorge is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Capt George Lockhart Memorial Star/Name (Alexandria, VA – Versace Plaza)Posted on 7/30/08 - by K RueThis is a picture of the Memorial Star/Name for Captain George Barry Lockhart, United States Air Force, United States Air Force Academy Class of 1969, chiseled in the stone bench located at the CPT Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Alexandria, VA. Capt Lockhart is one of the 67 sons of Alexandria honored at this Vietnam War Memorial. An “Air Force brat,” he was a 1965 graduate of Francis C. Hammond High School in Alexandria. He stood 295th in Order of Merit in a class of 683 at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA Class of 1969). Capt Lockhart was a co-pilot on a B-52 bomber from the 72d Strategic Wing (Provisional) based out of Anderson AFB, Guam shot down by the communist North Vietnamese over Hanoi on 21 Dec 1972. His remains and those of others on the aircraft were not returned for nearly 16 years. They were positively identified in Aug, 1989. He and his father, Col George M. Lockhart, USAF, share the same grave in Arlington National Cemetery.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.