BENNY E SEABOURNE
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HONORED ON PANEL 22E, LINE 122 OF THE WALL

BENNY ELLIS SEABOURNE

WALL NAME

BENNY E SEABOURNE

PANEL / LINE

22E/122

DATE OF BIRTH

03/22/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/03/1967

HOME OF RECORD

LEADWOOD

COUNTY OF RECORD

St. Francois County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

A1C

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BENNY ELLIS SEABOURNE
POSTED ON 6.5.2022

Attack on Dong Ha Air Field - July 3, 1967

Sky Spot Radar Stations were responsible for coordinating and directing B-52 Arc Light bombing missions and fighter-bomber sorties against the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Viet Cong units within a 200-mile radius of each radar station. One of the sites was located at the Dong Ha Air Field which was the northern most Air Force site in Vietnam. At only six miles south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Vietnam, it was in a critical and vulnerable location. The NVA was heavily concentrated in the area with two divisions of troops supported by 140mm and 122mm rocket regiments, 130mm and 152mm artillery regiments, and anti-aircraft and Surface to Air Missile (SAM) SA-2 sites. Collectively, the NVA had over 100 artillery guns dug into the DMZ. The NVA began shelling the Marine bases located south of the DMZ in April 1967. These included Con Thien, Gio Linh, C-2, Cam Lo, the Rock Pile, units along the Cua Viet River, and the Dong Ha Air Field. On July 3rd of that year, 130mm artillery rounds fired from the DMZ found their mark and the Sky Spot Radar Station at Dong Ha. The trailer containing the radar equipment valued at $1,000,000 took a direct hit. The radar personnel and Air Police were sheltering in a bunker when the rounds hit. No one was killed or injured at the radar site, but on another part of the base, an airman was killed. A1C Benny E. Seabourne died after sustaining fragmentation injuries. Several others were wounded. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Terry Sandman (2002) at vspa.com]
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POSTED ON 6.4.2022
POSTED BY: Aubrey Vance Renfroe

A dear friend remembered

Benny and I met at Bossier Baptist Church near Barksdale AFB about the time I entered the first Junior class at Airline High School. When the Wing went to war in Southeast Asia, Benny did too, along with my Dad and most of the young men I looked up to in the Church family. I learned of his death in before Dad returned. Decades later, after I fought in the same war, I ran from the Pentagon to the Long Black Wall to touch Benny's name with misty eyes and a heavy heart. He was a good friend and we miss him still. I salute you, Benny. Col. Vance Renfroe, EdS, USAF (Ret)
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POSTED ON 1.10.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear A1C Benny Seabourne, Thank you for your service with the 620 Tactical Control Squadron. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy New Year. Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.16.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 78th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 7.3.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Thank You

Thank you Airman First Class Seabourne for your leadership and courage.
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