SHOOTDOWN OF C-130 AIRCRAFT BY MIGS
OVER SOVIET ARMENIA, 2 SEPTEMBER, 1958
On September 2, 1958, a C-130 (60528) loaded with electronic eavesdropping equipment to gather information on Soviet Air Defenses, five flight crew and 12 ELINT communications technicians to gather signals and communications intelligence data for the National Security Agency. The flight crew relied on navigation beacons from sites in Turkey, but the Soviets operated stronger beacons from Yerevan in Soviet Armenia. The C-130 was lured across the border by this Yerevan beacon, where three MiG-17s waited to ambush it, one on each wingtip and one from behind and below. The attacking MiG-17 shot down the C-130 -- the entire attack took a total of 140 seconds. All 17 airmen aboard were killed, and are buried together in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery. The medal shown is an unauthorized creation of Foxfall Medals. Dr. Don Levesque, a crewman who was on leave from the C-130's parent unit, the 7406th Support Squadron commented, with some resentment, that the crewmen "would no have even qualified for the National Defense Service Medal at the time of the shoot down.
This was not the only incident of its kind in 1958. A USAF C-118 ws en route to Teheran in June of 1958, and was lured off course by the Yerevan beacon and shot down by MiGs, though most of the crew managed to bail out and the remaining crew managed to destroy the aircraft after its crash-landing, since it contained documents on the U-2 program.
The participants in the ceremony placed roses on the grave of the crew of the C-130 who perished in the September 1958 shoot down as well as on the graves of other heroes of the Cold War.
S.402 (COLD WAR SERVICE MEDAL ACT OF 2011) introduced in US Senate
By Senator Olympia Snowe
Senator Susan Collins (Armed Services Committee Member)
Senator Jim Webb (Armed Services Committee Member)
Senator Scott Brown (Armed Services Committee Member)
Senator John Kerry
Senator Tim Johnson
Sentor John Menendez
Senators Snowe, Collins, Webb and Kerry Introduce Legislation Honoring Cold War Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jim Webb (D-Virginia) and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) today introduced the Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011, legislation to authorize the design and award of a service medal to honor America’s Cold War veterans. Such a medal does not currently exist.
VFW NOVEMBER ISSUE FEATURES COLD WAR ARTICLES
“Many Americans died in operations that remain, even to this day, unacknowledged, entailing heroism and loss that have yet to be revealed to a grateful nation. We should remember and honor those whose sacrifices brought about a victorious conclusion to the Cold War, to the enormous betterment of the United States and the world. ”
- Dr. Donald C. Winter, (former) Secretary of Navy, October 21, 2006 -
President Barack Obama endorsed Cold War Medal while a US Senator:
E-mail to ACWV member Frank Almquist:
AMERICA LOSES a COLD WAR HERO: Lt. Col. Richard S. Heyser, a U-2 pilot who took the first photos of ballistic missile launch sites during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, passed away on October 6, 2008. Col. Heyser was among 11 Air Force U-2 pilots who took reconnaissance photos. Of these pilots, one was shot down another died when his plane crashed off Key West, and another pilot was killed in a crash while training for the Cuban mission.______________________
POLITICAL MYTH: "We won the Cold War without a shot being fired."
FACT: While a Policy of Deterrence and Conflict Management Avoided a Nuclear Exchange, American Troops and Intelligence Personnel Went in Harm's Way During the Cold War, Resulting in Numerous Casualties to American Personnel.
Korea -- October, 1969: 4 GIs killed in
ambush by North Koreans
|LTJG James B. Deane, Jr.,
USN Killed in Action, East China Sea, flying P4M reconnaissance aircraft
August 22, 1956
SGT Gregory Fronius,
MAJ Arthur D. Nicholson, Jr. Shot by Soviet Soldier in East Germany
|MAJ Rudolf Anderson,
USAF Shot down by Soviets
Oct. 27, 1962
|COL Nick Rowe,
Killed by terrorists
April 21, 1989
|Jack D. Lively, killed in shoot down off US Navy P2V Aircraft by Soviet Planes near Vladivostok, USSR October 4, 1951|
|General James A. Van Fleet,
Led American Advisory and Planning Mission in Greek Civil War, Helped Greeks Defeat Communist Insurgency; Led Eighth US Army in Korean War 1951-53.
|Cmdr. Francis A. Slattery,
skipper of USS Scorpion (SSN-589) lost at sea in the Atlantic May 23, 1968, with crew of 99 men.
|PFC Walter Boyd,
USMC, KIA in Operation to rescue SS Mayaguez from Khmer Rouge
May 15. 1975
COLD WAR VETS - BERLIN AIRLIFT:
OUR THANKS TO ALL OUR PARTNERS IN THESE EVENTS
AND TO THE FACULTY AND CADETS FROM
THE CARSON LONG MILITARY INSTITUTE, WHICH PROVIDED COLOR GUARD AND BUGLER AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
OUR ANNUAL MEETING TOOK PLACE MAY 1, 2011– ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA!