GARY E BRUNNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 22W, LINE 120 OF THE WALL

GARY EDWARD BRUNNER

WALL NAME

GARY E BRUNNER

PANEL / LINE

22W/120

DATE OF BIRTH

06/22/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PROV UNKNOWN, MR III

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/23/1969

HOME OF RECORD

RACINE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Racine County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GARY EDWARD BRUNNER
POSTED ON 11.18.2018

Final Mission of CAPT Gary E. Brunner

On June 23, 1969, a U.S. Air Force Lockheed Hercules C-130B (#61-0965) transport aircraft from the 733rd Tactical Airlift Squadron was carrying a cargo load of 360 rounds of 105mm shells for delivery to a Special Forces camp near the Cambodian border when it was shot down by enemy ground fire. The flight, which originated out of Cam Ranh Bay, was hit while attempting to make an air drop at the camp at Katum in Tay Ninh Province, RVN. A helicopter in the area reported one engine of the C-130 was seen afire before it crashed and burned. The entire crew of six was lost. They included aircraft commander CAPT Gary E. Brunner, co-pilot 1LT Terry M. Reed, navigator MAJ William H. Condit Jr., 2nd navigator LTC Jean A. Kearby, flight engineer SSGT Billy W. McDonald, and loadmaster SSGT George C. Peters. The helicopter attempted to land but was driven back by the heat and explosions of the burning plane and hostile ground fire. On his second attempt to approach the wreckage, the helicopter was shot down. A second helicopter attempted to land near the wreckage, but it was also shot down. The Hercules crew’s remains were not recovered until November 29, 1994, and positively identified on July 9, 1998. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, findagrave.com, and condit-family.com]
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POSTED ON 6.23.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call.
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POSTED ON 6.22.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Captain Gary Edward Brunner, Served with the 773rd Tactical Airlift Squadron, 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 7.31.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear Captain Gary Brunner,
Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot (Various.) I am so sorry you passed the day after your birthday. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.24.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Gary Edward Brunner, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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