MICHAEL R CONNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 11W, LINE 34 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL RAY CONNER

WALL NAME

MICHAEL R CONNER

PANEL / LINE

11W/34

DATE OF BIRTH

09/17/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/22/1970

HOME OF RECORD

KNOXVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Knox County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL RAY CONNER
POSTED ON 4.22.2021
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Staff Sergeant Michael Ray Conner was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism and extraordinary achievement while engaged in aerial flight. He served as a Systems Operator and was assigned to the 6994TH SEC SQDN, 7TH Air Force.
See http://www.virtualwall.org/dc/ConnerMR01a.htm
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POSTED ON 1.9.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SSgt Michael Conner,
Thank you for your service as a Fixed Wing Crewman. It is 2018, Happy New Year. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 4.22.2016
POSTED BY: Paul J. Paiva, Jr.

Not Forgotten

When I arrived at the operations building at my duty station outside of Darmstadt, Germany in 1968, I was assigned to Mike for my On The Job training. We immediately became friends. Mike was one of the nicest people I have ever met (even to date).
I never met Mike's wife, but I remember how happy he was at the news of her pregnancy and I know he would have been a great father.
You have not been forgotten after all this time, Mike.
Thank you for your service and God bless your family.
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POSTED ON 3.5.2016

Final Mission of SSGT Michael R. Conner

On April 22, 1970, an EC-47 aircraft, tail number 43-48402, call-sign CAP 53, out of Pleiku, with eight crewmembers on board, was hit by anti-aircraft fire (presumably 37MM anti-aircraft fire) while flying a combat mission in eastern Laos. The Navigator was wounded by shrapnel from the explosion. The Pilot turned the aircraft on an easterly heading toward friendlier territory, but control problems prevented his success. The aircraft crashed near A Loui Airfield in South Vietnam. The pilot, 1LT George M. Wall, and one radio operator, SSGT Michael R. Conner, were killed in the crash. The remaining crewmembers, although wounded, survived the crash and were rescued by helicopter. In order to assure destruction of the classified equipment on board, an EOD team policed the area and destroyed scattered components and the aircraft. Additionally, six Tactical Air sorties were flown on the crash site to destroy the aircraft and any sensitive equipment still aboard the aircraft. [Taken from 6994th.com]
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POSTED ON 12.9.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Michael Ray Conner, sir

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

Curt Carter
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