Harley B Hackett, IIICaptain
497TH TAC FTR SQD, 8TH TFW (UBON RTAFB), 7TH AF
United States Air Force
23 October 1942 - 09 July 1973
Florence, South Carolina
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The database page for Harley B Hackett, III
A name etched on my bracelet,
From someone who wore his MIA bracelet.
I also wore the MIA bracelet bearing the name of Harley B. Hackett. I was 18 years old when I got the bracelet, to show my concern for those missing in action. I wore the bracelet for several years.
I often wondered about the man, Harley Hackett, and what he was like. Back in the 70's it was not easy to obtain any information about these individuals. All I knew was his rank and the date he went missing - July 24, 1968. I sent many thoughts and prayers out to HBH.
When a list came out several years later, with names of some of the missing that had been recovered, I asked if Harley Hackett was on it? I was told, that they "thought" he was. I just assumed it was true and was happy to hear it!
Now, with the convenience and availability of a computer, I decided to find Mr. "Captain" Harley B. Hackett. It was much to my surprise to come across this web-site. I was deeply saddened to discover that he never did make it home.
Reading these articles and actually seeing a picture of this young man has brought it all "home" to me! It breaks my heart to read the circumstances of his fate, after all these years! However, Harley B. Hackett and John Bush died as heroes.
I am once again wearing my MIA bracelet, in memory of Captain Harley B. Hackett.
Marva M. Ivey
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 24 July 1968 two F-4Ds of the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron departed Ubon RTAFB for a night armed recon mission over the southern provinces of North Vietnam. The Night Owl flight consisted of
Since there was no concrete evidence of their deaths Hackett and Bush were carried as Missing in Action until Presumptive Findings of Death for both men were approved by the Secretary of the Air Force on 09 Jul 73.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Apr 2003
Last updated 03/16/2008