Memorial Day is May 25, 2015. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Blytheville Courthouse.
"As we pause to remember the men and women who gave their lives so we can have freedom in this great country let us remember the two crews from Blytheville Air Force Base, also.
Dec. 18, 1972:
B-52 G Call Sign "Charcoal 01" from the 340th Bomb Squadron, 97th Bomb Wing:
Pilot Lt. Col. Donald L. Rissi KIA
20 March 1931 -- Dec. 18, 1972
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Robert J. Thomas KIA
19 December 1948 -- 18 December 1972
Gunner Msgt Walter L. Ferguson KIA
22 June 1929 -- 18 December 1972
Their remains were repatriated on 23 August 1978.
The other three crewmen who were captured and released with the other American POWs in early 1973 are:
Radar Navigator Major Richard E. Johnson; Navigator Capt. Robert G. Certain; and EWO Capt. Richard T. Simpson.
21 December 1972:
B-52 G Call Sign "Tan 3" from 97th Bomb Wing:
Pilot Capt. Randall J. Craddock KIA
19 Sept. 1945 -- December 21, 1972
Co-Pilot Capt. George B. Lockhart KIA
17 Feb. 1947 -- 21 Dec. 1972
Radar Navigator Major Bobby Kirby KIA
11 July 1931 -- Dec. 21, 1972
Navigator 1st Lt. Charles E. Darr KIA
25 Feb. 1944 -- 21 Dec. 1972
Little Rock, Ark.
EWO Capt. Ronald D. Perry KIA
28 Sept. 1944 -- Dec. 21, 1972
All remains were repatriated on Dec. 15, 1988, except for Capt. Perry whose body was repatriated on Dec. 21, 1975.
Gunner Ssgt. James L. Loilar was captured and released on March 29, 1973.
These men as well as 30 other Air Crews gave the utmost in Linebacker II also known as the Christmas Campagin that started the end of the Vietnam War.
God Bless and thanks for keeping us a free nation. May we never forget the ones who gave all and until they all come home our P.O.W.s