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 Eugene Ogden Conley
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
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Full Name: EUGENE OGDEN CONLEY 
Date of Birth: 10/24/1927
Date of Casualty: 1/21/1967
Home of Record: AKRON, OHIO
Branch of Service: AIR FORCE
Rank: LTC
Casualty Country: NORTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: NZ
Status: MIA
CITATION FOR AWARD OF THE

AIR FORCE CROSS
TO
CONLEY, EUGENE OGDEN
( MISSING IN ACTION )
Lieutenant Colonel
United States Air Force
357th Tactical Air Craft Wing
7th Air Force
Date of Action: 21 January 1967

The Air Force Cross is presented to Eugene Ogden Conley, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism as an F-105 Thunderchief pilot over North Vietnam on 21 January 1967.

On that date, Colonel Conley was the Seventh Air Force's mission commander for a two-wing strike force launched against a heavily defended rail yard in the vicinity of Hanoi.

Coolly evaluating the hostile force's defensive posture, he skillfully led the first flight through the concentrated flak barrages and picked his way past the deadly surface-to-air missiles.

After visually acquiring the target, he scanned the area for the heaviest concentration of hostile fire upon which to unload his deadly weapons in order to minimize the threat to those he led. He attacked his target and then, with complete disregard for his personal safety, he circled the target area to incite the defenders to unleash their full defensive might against him, thereby permitting his followers to destroy the target.

Observing a hostile missile site near the target, he marked it, ordered an attack against it, and then fearlessly circled back over the target area to seek out other hostile defenses. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel Conley reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.



CONLEY, EUGENE OGDEN
Remains Returned 06/22/89  ID 07/15/2002
Name: Eugene Ogden Conley
Rank/Branch: O5/US Air Force
Unit: 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 24 October 1927
Home City of Record: Akron OH
Date of Loss: 21 January 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 213059N 1054659E (WJ794812)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D
Refno: 0579
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2002.

REMARKS:

The F105 Thunderchief (or "Thud") performed yoeman service on many diversified missions in Southeast Asia. F105s flew more combat missions over North Vietnam than any other USAF aircraft and consequently suffered the
heaviest losses in action. They dropped bombs by day and occasionally by night from high or low altitude and some later versions (F105D in Wild Weasel guise) attacked SAM sites with their radar tracking air-to-ground missiles. This versatile aircraft was also credited with downing 25 Russian MiGs.

Lieutenant Colonel Eugene O. Conley was the pilot of an F105D which was on a combat mission over North Vietnam on January 21, 1967. About 5 miles from Thai Nguyen in Bac Thai Province, Conley's aircraft encountered hostile ground
fire and was observed to exit a large fireball, go into a dive and impact the ground in a near-vertical attitude. Observers saw to parachute and no beeper was heard.

For Conley, death seems a certainty. For hundreds of others, however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the torment of over 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia is the certain knowledge
that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of war were not released at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be prisoners, and still others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers when last seen alive.
Many were known to have survived their loss incidents, only to disappear without a trace.


CONLEY, EUGENE O    
 LTCOL   US AIR FORCE  
 KOREA, VIETNAM  
 DATE OF BIRTH: 10/24/1927  
 DATE OF DEATH: 01/21/1967  
 BURIED AT: SECTION 66  SITE 7610  
 ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY  


Posted:   2006
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