PEMBERTON, GENE THOMAS

Name: Gene Thomas Pemberton
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Unit:
Date of Birth: 04 June 1926
Home City of Record: CAMERON, MO
Date of Loss: 23 July 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 210200 North  1052800 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 1
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: Benjamin Byrd Newsom, remains returned 1974
Refno:

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

CACCF/CRASH/PILOT DIC

EGRESS-POWS SHOWN PEMBERTON ID CARD AT QUIZ

No further information available at this time.

 

 

Subject: Submission
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

 
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