Alan Robert TrentCaptain
480TH TAC FTR SQDN, 12TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
22 May 1940 - 13 May 1970
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The database page for Alan Robert Trent
I still wear Alan's MIA bracelet every day, it's never off.
My Hero - Air Force Captain Alan R. Trent, whose birthday is May 22nd. This is to remember him with the respect and pride I have for this real Hero who gave his all for his country. May God be with you, Alan. I wish you were home where you belong. Alan is with me always ... I really believe he is my guardian angel. His M.I.A bracelet has never been off my wrist in all these years. It is an honor to our state of Ohio to say Alan is from here. I'm very proud to say we are both BUCKEYES. If you visit my site in honor of Alan you can read what others have said about him and get to know the man whose name you see on the Wall. There are pilots who Alan taught to fly and others whose words show how much he was respected. So visit and sign my Guest Book in honor of Alan and help me keep his memory alive.
God Bless you, Alan - you're not forgotten.
*LOVE BETTY SMITH*
22 May 2005
Today is a Special Day that I want to honor (my) very Special MIA and say "Happy Birthday, Alan". The loss your loved ones and those who have such respect for you feel is deep. But we know your wish to be one of the "first flying chaplains" in the USAF has now come true as you are flying with a higher power in a much better place. God wanted you to lead his group and it can't get any better than that. You will not be forgotten by those left behind, I'll see to that. God be with you not just today 5-22-05 but today and always.
14 May 2006
Alan you are in my thoughts and prayers today the day your plane went down was 5-13-70. The years have been many, but there will never be enough time to make those of us whose hearts you're in forget you. You gave your all so we can be free and I will never let others forget what you gave for that. I'm so proud to wear your POW-MIA bracelet to show others you are not forgotten. You are what the word Hero stands for.
Thoughts, prayers and love are with you not just today but always. May God hold you in his arms. "Thanks" is not a big enough word to say to someone who gave their all for freedom, but know it's from the bottom of my heart and no one means it more. You're not with us in this life but I know you're my Guardian Angel and we will someday meet face to face. I'm so proud you're a Buckeye like myself.
My prayers, thoughts and deepest respect to Alan's family. And my love as well to my POW-MIA ALAN TRENT today, tomorrow and always.
LOVE, BETTY SMITH (TOLEDO, OHIO)
13 May 2007
Dear Alan, another May 13 Mother's Day has come and with it are thoughts of you and your family and of course your mother. There have been many May 13ths after your plane went down but no matter how many come and go none will ease the pain of losing you. I have such great respect for you and deep devotion in seeing others don't forget that you gave of yourself. I have my website for you so others can stop by and pay respects for you and get to know the man behind the name on the Wall. I will see you are not forgotten. I'm so proud of you and you have proved to be my guardian angel. God keep you in his care and know you will not be forgotten. Alan is my POW-MIA and I'm proud to say we're from the same state. You do Ohio proud.
I went to school with Alan in Wadsworth Ohio and remember him very well. I have been to the Wall and seen his name and was very moved.
From a friend,
My husband and I admire all who have fought to defend our great country. Our prayers are with Alan and his family.
From his classmates,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn May 13, 1970, First Lieutenant Eric Huberth and Captain Alan R. Trent were the crew in an F-4D (tail number 65-0607), one in a flight of two F-4s which took off from Phu Cat Air Base against a target approximately 105 miles northwest inside Cambodia. There was .30 and .51 caliber ground fire against their aircraft while in the target area. Their aircraft was observed to crash into a ridge line during its second bombing run. A forward air controller saw no one eject, no parachutes and heard no beepers. Another F-4 on the scene and with a clear view of the crash reported the aircraft exploded on impact with a full load of munitions on board and the resultant wreckage was spread over a 500 meter area. There was a search and rescue effort on May 14th and 15th, to include a ground team on the 14th, but there was no evidence that anyone had survived the incident.
Both airmen were initially reported missing in action. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on their precise fate. In November 1973 both were declared dead/body not recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Feb 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009