WALTER L FERGUSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 94 OF THE WALL

WALTER LEE FERGUSON

WALL NAME

WALTER L FERGUSON

PANEL / LINE

1W/94

DATE OF BIRTH

06/22/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/18/1972

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COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

MI

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LEFT FOR WALTER LEE FERGUSON
POSTED ON 5.7.2024
POSTED BY: Jerry Darrell Petrey

Very nice Gentleman

He flew on my assigned B52 aircraft several times and was a very nice man. B52G tail no. 58-0227. May God Rest his soul, slow hand salute !
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POSTED ON 2.7.2023
POSTED BY: Jerry petrey

A fine gentleman

I was a crew chief on B52 tail number 580599 at Blytheville AFB during the 1970s and Sargent Ferguson flew on my aircraft several time. He was always so very nice on crew walk around before launch and chatted with ground crew members. A fine man.
Former SSgt Jerry D Petrey
Blytheville AFB 1967 to 1971
[email protected]
Give me a shot if you would like.
God Bless America
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POSTED ON 12.19.2022
POSTED BY: Christian Lewis
I love you Grandad!! Thank You for your service!
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POSTED ON 7.23.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 12.27.2020

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-four 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, CAPT Henry C. Barrows, 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 Donavan 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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