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  • Still think of you till this day.

    Posted on 2/16/18 - by Roy Gatewood
    I was B-52 copilot at Blytheville AFB from 1967 until May of 1971. Ron and I were on same crew for a period of time. Ron and I were on alert when my wife delivered our first baby. While I was with my wife he was monitoring for an alert klaxon. He then got to see our new baby and was surprised that she had her eyes open. I really liked Ron. The last time I remember seeing him was at Utapao in 1969. I had seen Kak on base. It was later that I found out Ron had married her. Rest in piece my good friend.
  • Remembering Ron

    Posted on 5/27/16 - by Johnny L. Blye
    My name is (Capt.) Johnny Blye, a native of Dayton, Tenn. Ron and I lived in the
    same rooming house (owned by Mrs. Lula Qualls) at Tenn Tech. After graduating, I didn't see Ron again until a few days before the 1972 Hanoi raids.
    To my amazement, he and I were doing the same job (EWO) in B-52s. He showed me a picture of his beautiful new wife. Ron and I flew in the Hanoi raids a
    few days after that meeting, and I was shocked when I found out that his B-52 had
    been shot down. I have wondered over the years what happened to his wife after
    that tragedy.
    Ron was a genuine hero and a great human being....and he could play a mean
    rock guitar !! I'm sure that he is still greatly missed by all concerned. Johnny
  • Request

    Posted on 9/1/15 - by Michael E. Anderson
    James you have contact info for your Uncle Ron's widow Kak. If so, please advise. My email is, thank you. Michael E. Anderson, Col, USAF (Ret).
  • I Remember

    Posted on 5/24/15
    Uncle Ronnie:

    Your wife, my "Aunt Kak" babysat me.

    I remember the dragon kite you brought home as a present for me. Unfortunately, it got tangled in power wires next to my house. I was only 3 at the time. It was a beautiful kite, and I loved it.

    I remember wrestling you on the floor of my parents' house. The loss of you hurts still today.

    James Martin, former Sergeant, United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • Final Mission of CAPT Ronald D. Perry

    Posted on 12/17/14 - by
    On 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]
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