STEVEN L BENNETT
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 51 OF THE WALL

STEVEN LOGAN BENNETT

WALL NAME

STEVEN L BENNETT

PANEL / LINE

1W/51

DATE OF BIRTH

04/22/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, MIL RG I

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/29/1972

HOME OF RECORD

LAFAYETTE

STATE

LA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEVEN LOGAN BENNETT
POSTED ON 4.22.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Captain Steven Logan Bennett, Served with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, 504th Tactical Air Support Group, 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 3.21.2019
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio vietnam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Sky Soldier.
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POSTED ON 2.13.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CAPTAIN BENNETT,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A TACTICAL AIRCRAFT PILOT (VARIOUS). THANK YOU FOR RECEIVING THE MEDAL OF HONOR. IT IS 2017, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. AND HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.
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POSTED ON 11.30.2016
POSTED BY: David Franklin, Anderson County, Texas

We remember

From one native of Anderson County, Texas to another: you and your heroic sacrifice are not forgotten. Your story is still told at your birthplace; you still inspire us all.
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POSTED ON 7.6.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Medal of Honor Citation

Steven Logan Bennett
Date of birth: April 22, 1946
Date of death: MIA: June 29, 1972
Burial location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Place of Birth: Texas, Palestine
Home of record: Lafayette Louisiana
Status: MIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor


Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Captain Steven Logan Bennett, United States Air Force (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, 56th Special Operations Wing, in action over Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 29 June 1972. Captain Bennett was the pilot of a light aircraft flying an artillery adjustment mission along a heavily defended segment of route structure. A large concentration of enemy troops was massing for an attack on a friendly unit. Captain Bennett requested tactical air support but was advised that none was available. He also requested artillery support but this too was denied due to the close proximity of friendly troops to the target. Captain Bennett was determined to aid the endangered unit and elected to strafe the hostile positions. After four such passes, the enemy force began to retreat. Captain Bennett continued the attack, but, as he completed his fifth strafing pass, his aircraft was struck by a surface-to-air missile, which severely damaged the left engine and the left main landing gear. As fire spread in the left engine, Captain Bennett realized that recovery at a friendly airfield was impossible. He instructed his observer to prepare for an ejection, but was informed by the observer that his parachute had been shredded by the force of the impacting missile. Although Captain Bennett had a good parachute, he knew that if he ejected, the observer would have no chance of survival. With complete disregard for his own life, Captain Bennett elected to ditch the aircraft into the Gulf of Tonkin, even though he realized that a pilot of this type aircraft had never survived a ditching. The ensuing impact upon the water caused the aircraft to cartwheel and severely damaged the front cockpit, making escape for Captain Bennett impossible. The observer successfully made his way out of the aircraft and was rescued. Captain Bennett's unparalleled concern for his companion, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: GB-1007, September 6, 1974

Action Date: June 29, 1972

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Company: 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron

Regiment: 56th Special Operations Wing

Division: Udorn Air Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
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