NEWSOM, BENJAMIN BYRD
Name: Benjamin Byrd Newsom
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 31 July 1925
Home City of Record: MADISON VI
Date of Loss: 23 July 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 210200 North 1052800 East
Status (in 1973): Died in Captivity
Other Personnel in Incident: Gene Pemberton, remains returned 1974
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. 2018
REMARKS: 03/06/74 REMAINS RETURNED
No further information available at this time.
|Date:||Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:33:48 +0000|
|From:||William M. Killian|
On July 23, 1966, a U.S. Air Force F-105 Thunderchief (#63-8338) from the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
based at Takhli Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand was the flight leader of a four-ship F-105 aircraft team assigned
to patrol the heavily defended Red River Delta in North Vietnam in search of hostile surface-to-air missile sites.
The crew of the lead ship was pilot MAJ Gene T. Pemberton and Electronic Warfare Officer MAJ Benjamin B.
Newsom. Near Phuc Yen the flight encountered extremely adverse weather and heavy anti-aircraft defenses.
MAJ Pembertonís Thunderchief was shot down and he and Newsom were captured by the North Vietnamese.
Pemberton was reported to have died in captivity on July 24, 1966, and Newsom was also reported to have
died in captivity on July 26, 1966. Both Pemberton and Newsom were promoted to Colonel during the time
they were missing. The two airmenís remains were repatriated March 6, 1974, and positively identified
April 22, 1974. Pemberton was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal Newsom posthumously was
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, valor.militarytimes.com, and
MAJ Pembertonís Silver Star citation]
Submitted by William M. Killian