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CHARLES JAMES BEBUS


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 99 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 2/4/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Master Sergeant Charles James Bebus, Served with the 325th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Strategic Wing, Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force.
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  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 1/21/18 - by Bob Ahles, 2/27 Wolfhound, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Charles.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 1/8/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR STAFF SERGEANT BEBUS,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I DO NOT KNOW YOUR MOS, BUT I KNOW YOU WERE SHOT DOWN. YOUR TOUR OF DUTY WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN STARTED ON A "BAD DAY." I AM GLAD YOU WERE REPATRIATED IN 1988. WELCOME HOME. .IT IS THE EPIPHANY. AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU. IT IS NEW YEAR, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Montclair High School... Calif

    Posted on 7/8/15 - by NoraJean Cartwright Olson norajeanolson@windstream.net
    never forget you Chuck.. you had the biggest smile such an infectious grin.....
    Why you were taken only you and god knows..But we will see each other one day. My husband took me to the wall and I got to trace your name.. Thank you for your service to our country and for paying the ultimate price...
    Love Norajean cartwright Olson
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  • Final Mission of SSGT Charles J. Bebus

    Posted on 5/6/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Frustrated by problems in negotiating a peace settlement, and pressured by a Congress and public wanting an immediate end to American involvement in Vietnam, President Nixon ordered the most concentrated offensive of the war--known as Linebacker II--in December 1972. During the offensive, sometimes called the "Christmas bombings", 40,000 tons of bombs were dropped, primarily over the area between Hanoi and Haiphong. White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said that the bombing would end only when all U.S. POWs were released and an internationally recognized cease-fire was in force. 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 successfull 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." On December 21, 1972, a B-52G bomber stationed on Guam was ordered to take part in the Christmas bombings. The crew of this B52 consisted of pilot LTCOL James Y. Nagahiro, co-pilot CAPT Donovan K. Walters, electronic warfare officer MAJ Robert R. Lynn, gunner SSGT Charles J. Bebus, and crewmembers CAPT Lynn R. Beens, COL Keith R. Heggen, and COL Edward H. Johnson. Their B-52G was outfitted more or less as were the other B52 models, equipped with .50-callibre M-3 guns and 27-750 pound bombs, but with the additional capacity to carry aerial mines. LTCOL Nagahiro's aircraft successfully completed its mission, but was hit by a surface to air missile (SAM) in the tail section shortly after turning toward the safety of Thailand. Nagahiro gave the order for the crew to eject. The fate of the crew is varied. Nagahiro, Beens and Heggen were captured, and Heggen died in captivity. Until his release, the U.S. did not know Nagahiro had been captured. After their release in 1973, Nagahiro and Beens were able to fill in further information on the missing crew members. Nagahiro relates that he saw Walters eject from the plane and heard four others, Lynn, Bebus, Heggen and Beens, go out from behind him. Beens states that he saw Walter's identification card in a stack of cards on a desk at Hoa Lo (Hanoi Hilton) prison in Hanoi. Nagahiro saw Johnson's name written on a pad at the prison. Hegger was captured alive, but died in captivity. Although the Vietnamese returned the remains of Keith Heggen in March 1974, they have consistently denied knowledge of any of the rest of the crew. In October 1988, the Vietnamese "discovered" the remains of Bebus, Johnson, Lynn and Walters and returned them to U.S. control. For 16 years, they were political prisoners--alive or dead--of a communist nation. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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