Condon Hunter TerryCaptain
DET 2, 1ST AIR COMMANDO SQUADRON, 13TH AF
United States Air Force
05 November 1933 - 27 June 1963
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The database page for Condon Hunter Terry
I was Connie's Crew Chief on T-28D 53-8375 that morning when he lifted from the runway at Soc Trang and flew into Eternity. He was hit by Viet Cong ground fire while on a strafing pass, his VNAF backseater was also killed in the crash. Two weeks before on a similar mission in the same area his backseat VNAF was hit by ground fire through the canopy. Connie was injured by flying plexiglass. He managed to return to Soc Trang and his VNAF backseater survived.
Connie and I, being fellow Texans "Surrounded by Yankees" as he put it, had a special bond. I was only 19 and he a worldly 29. He even wrote my Mother a letter reassuring her that I would be OK. In the process of strapping him into the cockpit that morning, I touched him for the last time. He was my friend and I will honor his memory all the days of my life.
Should you pass that way you will find him at the Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas, Section 54, Lot 8, Space 8.
From a friend and fellow Air Commando,
A Note from The Virtual WallAccording to the Air Force's Vietnam casualty file, Captain Terry was assigned to the 1st Air Commando Squadron on temporary duty from the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
The photos, while provided by Mr. Lewis, are courtesy of the Texas A&M University Class of 1956.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 01 Oct 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009