BEAN, WILLIAM RAYMOND JR.
RIP Jan 18 2014
Name: William Raymond Bean, Jr.
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3
Unit: 435 TRS
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Ft Payne AL
Date of Loss: 23 May 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 170800 North 1064700 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Other Personnel in Incident: William Byrns, returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.
REMARKS: 03/28/73 RELEASED BY DRV
RESIDES IN ALABAMA - ALIVE IN 96
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His joy has balanced my pain.
His power has lifted my burden.
His peace has calmed my worries.
His grace has been more than adequate to cover me.
His strength has been sufficient to carry me through.
His love has bathed my wounds like a healing balm.
Anne Graham Lotz
I am forever grateful to all of you.
Arlington National Cemetery Services - Funeral will be at 0900
9 Apr 14. Attendees will rendezvous at the administration building at 0830
with Ray already there on the caisson. We will be able to walk or drive to
follow the caisson to the gravesite.
Col Ray Bean will be interred Wednesday, 9 April 2014 at
Arlington National Cemetery. Please arrive at the Administration Building NLT 0900 Hours.
Alabama POW to be honored at Arlington National Cemetery
An Alabama-grown hero passed away January
19 and will be buried in Arlington National
Cemetery on April 9 for his heroism leading up to his capture as a prisoner of war during
the Vietnam War.
Air Force Col. William Bean Jr. was an
Alexander City man who flew F-4 Phantom II
fighters over North Vietnam where he was forced to eject and subsequently captured
by enemy forces on May 23, 1972.
At the time, Bean had been flying as a
night Forward Air Controller providing cover for
ground troops when he spotted a band of hostile forces driving military supplies to the