JOSEPH B COPACK JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 103 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH BERNARD COPACK JR

WALL NAME

JOSEPH B COPACK JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/103

DATE OF BIRTH

06/04/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/22/1972

HOME OF RECORD

CHICAGO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cook County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH BERNARD COPACK JR
POSTED ON 12.28.2020

Operation Linebacker II - December 18-29, 1972

Operation Linebacker II was a U.S. 7th Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 aerial bombing campaign, conducted against targets in North Vietnam during the final period of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The operation took place December 18-29, 1972, leading to several informal names such as "The December Raids" and "The Christmas Bombings." Linebacker II was a "maximum effort" bombing campaign to destroy major target complexes in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas, which could only be accomplished by B-52s. It saw the largest heavy bomber strikes launched by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II. During Operation Linebacker II, a total of 741 B-52 sorties were dispatched to bomb North Vietnam; 729 completed their missions. B-52s dropped a total of 15,237 tons of ordnance on eighteen industrial and fourteen military targets, including eight surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites, while fighter-bombers added another 5,000 tons of bombs to the tally. Another 212 B-52 missions were flown within South Vietnam in support of ground operations during the campaign. North Vietnamese forces fired about 1,240 SAMs. The Air Force lost 15 B-52 bombers, which amounted to a loss rate of less than two percent. Ten B-52s were shot down over the North and five others were damaged and crashed in Laos or Thailand. Thirty-three B-52 crew members were killed or missing in action, another thirty-three became prisoners of war, and twenty-six more were rescued. The lost B-52 crewmen included SMSGT Walter L. Ferguson, LTC Donald L. Rissi, CAPT Robert J. Thomas, MAJ Richard W. Cooper Jr., CMSGT Charlie S. Poole, MAJ Irwin S. Lerner, CMSGT Arthur V. McLaughlin Jr., LTC Randolph A. Perry Jr., LTC John F. Stuart, CAPT Craig A. Paul, MAJ Warren R. Spencer, MSGT Charles J. Bebus, COL Keith R. Heggen, COL Edward H. Johnson, MAJ Robert R. Lynn, CAPT Donovan K. Walters, CAPT Randall J. Craddock, MAJ Charles E. Darr, COL Bobby A. Kirby, CAPT George B. Lockhart, CAPT Ronald D. Perry, COL Frank A. Gould, COL Gerald W. Alley, MAJ Thomas W. Bennett Jr., CAPT Joseph B. Copack Jr., CAPT Robert J. Morris Jr., MAJ Nutter J. Wimbrow III, LTC Donald A. Joyner, MAJ Lawrence J. Marshall, CAPT Roy T. Tabler, CAPT James M. Turner, 1LT Bennie L. Fryer, and LTC Allen L. Johnson. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and airforcemag.com]
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POSTED ON 12.19.2019
POSTED BY: Fred Dunn

My Pal Joey

Hi Joey, Yesterday was the anniversary of Linebacker II. I always think of you on that day and on Memorial Day and when I attend the local MOAA meetings. I remember your large personality, your love for your sister, your pride in Purdue, and your joy tossing a football. Best Always, Fred
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POSTED ON 11.15.2018

Middle Name

Never had the chance to meet but my dad loves him enough to name me after him (middle name). Thank you for serving and hopefully we’ll meet someday.
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POSTED ON 11.15.2018

Best of the Beat

Joe:
You made the ultimate sacrifice. You were better than the best. You were my best friend, I still have the super bowl crying towel that you made for me in 1971.
We grew up together and played together as fronds and almost brothers. I son's middle name is Joe, named after you.
I love you my friend.
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POSTED ON 11.12.2018
POSTED BY: Amanda

Veterans Day 2018

HI Joe,
It’s Veterans Day & I thought I’d leave you a note. I never met you, but my Dad has shared so many stories of you growing up together that I feel like I’ve met you. You were a pretty funny guy!
Thank you for bringing out that joy in my father, his face always lights up when he tells a story about you and him. And the stories always
make me smile...your memory lives on .

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