BENNIE R LAMBTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 8E, LINE 47 OF THE WALL

BENNIE RICHARD LAMBTON

WALL NAME

BENNIE R LAMBTON

PANEL / LINE

8E/47

DATE OF BIRTH

08/07/1930

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/13/1966

HOME OF RECORD

INDIANAPOLIS

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

PTC

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BENNIE RICHARD LAMBTON
POSTED ON 3.21.2012
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng

Salute to a Fellow Veteran

You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.
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POSTED ON 5.31.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Bennie has a military marker in his memory at Arlington National Cemetery. SS AM-5OLC
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POSTED ON 6.1.2006
POSTED BY: Russell Ferris

My friend and mentor.

I can still picture you as I last saw you in 1966. You were always positive and showed no fear. You were aptly nick named "Bear". I would have taken your place if possible. Our paths crossed during our lives; I pray that we shall meet again with God. May the Lord grant your family peace.

Your Friend and Commrade
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POSTED ON 12.25.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG CAREER UNITED STATES NAVAL FLIGHT SPECIALIST, WHO REMAINS AS MISSING IN ACTION, WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE



CHIEF PETTY OFFICER

BENNIE RICHARD LAMBTON


was attached to

Heavy Photo Squadron 61

onboard the aircraft carrier

USS HANCOCK ( CVA - 19 )


Personnel In Incident:


Lieutenant Junior Grade
George Gregory Gierak Jr.

( Missing In Action )


Lieutenant Commander
John Turner Glanville Jr.

( Missing In Action )


PTC Bennie Richard Lambton

( Missing In Action )



On 13 June 1966

LTCDR John Turner Glanville Jr., pilot

LTJG George Gregory Gierak, co-pilot, and

Chief Petty Officer Bennie Richard Lambton,
photographic intelligence

launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hancock ( CVA - 19 ) in their RA3B SKYWARRIOR aircraft on a low-level night photo reconnaissance mission over Ha Tinh province of North Vietnam.

The flight was directed by Heavy Photographic Squadron 61, to which the crew was attached.

During their mission, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and it was assumed they went down under heavy fire.

No communication or distress signals were received.

The escort aircraft observed a bright orange flash near the mouth of the Gia Hoi River and thereafter radio contact with the aircraft had been lost.

An extensive search was conducted in the immediate area, as well as over the adjacent waters by various aircraft, but results were negative.

On 15 June 1966, Radio Peking stated that a photo reconnaissance jet was shot down and the crew killed in the crash.

The crew escape system of this type aircraft does not provide ejection seats, and makes high speed bailout extremely difficult.

Low-altitude bailout is also virtually impossible.

All information taken into consideration, the Commanding Officer of the squadron changed the crew's initial classification from Missing in Action to Killed in Action / Body Not Recovered on 17 June 1966.

The crew of the RA3B shot down on 13 June 1966 are listed with honor among the missing because no remains were found.

Their cases seem quite clear.

For others who are listed as missing, resolution is not as simple.

Many were known to have survived their loss incident.

Quite a few were in radio contact with search teams and describing an advancing enemy.

Some were photographed or recorded in captivity.

Others simply vanished without a trace.





///// ~~~ MISSING IN ACTION ~~~ \\





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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POSTED ON 1.3.2004
POSTED BY: James D. Baker, LCDR USN Ret

Thank You Chief.

Thank you Chief Lambton for your ultimate sacrifice. As a second class corpsman I knew your wife, Carol, while stationed in Indiana at the Weapons Depot from 1973-76. She gave me a ship's clock that was yours. I am into clocks & their restoration. This clock however needs no restoration & ticks away to this day in remberance of you & the sacrifice you made for this great country, the USA.
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