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Never forget those who have given ALL!

February 7, 2016

EC-121 No. 21 Intel Recon Navy AC at DaNang in March of 1969. Within a couple of Weeks, this Recon Aircraft was pulling Missions in the Sea of Japan along the North Korean Coast. On April 15th, 1969 – This Aircraft, with All 31 Crew Members was Ambushed and Shot Down by Two MiG21 Aircraft that had Vectored off the Sea Deck Into a Perfect Intercept Path and Shot This Aircraft Down. There were no Survivors. Although these Troops had spent more than Nine Months Flying Missions off of North Vietnam – The Shoot Down and the Deaths of All 31 Did Not Account for any Names on the Wall.

Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class Balderman was a member of the crew of an EC-121 surveillance aircraft, serving with the U.S. Navy. On April 15, 1969, while on a surveillance mission over the Sea of Japan in support of the Korean truce, his aircraft was shot down. All 31 crewmen were reported missing. He was presumed dead on May 2, 1969. Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class Balderman was awarded the Purple Heart and the National Defense Service Medal.

Nalderman was not supposed to be on the mission that day. As fate would have it, he filled in for a fellow crewman who couldn’t make the flight for whatever reason.

The only two bodies recovered were that of AT1 Richard E. Sweeney and LTJG Joseph R. Ribar.

Concerning this incident, someone noted “Johnny Walker was feeding the russians code cards. The North Koreans had Captured the Kryto Comm Systems aboard the Pueblo, and the Mission of the EC-121 over the Sea of Japan was compromised with the Reading of the mission status before it began. Those MiG’s were Vectored into a perfect setup, and they had never been able to pull that off Prior to the shoot down of this aircraft.

Lest We Forget – April 15th, 1969”

Another noted, “Lost Soldiers of the Cold War Were Not Common – “In The Public”. Our Recon Missions Over Russia after WWII and During the Korean War are Not Known by 98% of our American Citizens. The Reports have finally been declassified, however they are not publicized to any extent. Here’s a Real Surprise for You:

http://www.spyflight.co.uk/rb29.htm

Can you imagine Americans in Russian Prison Camps, and their family members being told that they crashed at Sea – unrecovered and all the while – Being held in a Russian Gulag… I recently met one of those fellows that flew on those B-52 missions, and he confirmed the information on the above site is true.”

There are a lot of secret warriors that paid the price and no one knows about.

R. I. P.  A grateful nation will never forget you and thanks you for your service and great sacrifice!

http://www.americanbattlegraves.com/index.php?page=directory&rec=30433

http://www.vq1.navy.mil/pr_21_memorial.html

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/105244/nioc-misawa-commemorates-44th-anniversary-ec-121-shootdown#.VrflvUVOKJJ

http://www.willyvictor.com/history/korean_shootdown/korea.html

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We lost a dear friend last night.

December 2, 2015
We are sad to report that our dear friend, Burdell O. Cobb, a retired Chief Aviation Machinist Mate, Pearl Harbor survivor and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. He was an exceptionally honorable, loyal, generous-of-heart man and we will miss him dearly.  Our prayers are with his family and community and we ask you to please remember them in yours.

We thank and honor this extraordinarily great man for his service and sacrifice to our nation.  RIP, dear friend.

ARTICLES ON BURDELL:

Burdell_closeupAR-140709802U.S. Navy photo by Theresa GoldstrandCommand Master Chief Charles Grandin, third from right, and the China Lake Chiefs Association honor retired Chief Aviation Machinist Mate Burdell O. Cobb during a flag raising ceremony June 27 at China Lake. Cobb, a Pearl Harbor survivor and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, was recently in Ridgecrest visiting family.

NAWCWD honors Pearl Harbor survivor

http://www.ridgecrestca.com/article/20140708/NEWS/140709802

By Theresa Goldstrand
NAWCWD PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Posted Jul. 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Retired Chief Aviation Machinist Mate Burdell O. Cobb, is a Pearl Harbor survivor and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, was honored June 27 with a flag raising ceremony at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.  “It’s great to be here,” Cobb said. “Thank you. I’m overwhelmed.”  When NAWS Command Master Chief Charles Grandin learned that Cobb was visiting, he and the China Lake Chief Petty Officers’ Association arranged the honorary flag raising ceremony.  “We wanted to honor Chief Cobb for his contribution to our country,” said Grandin. “He is an inspiration to us all.”

Cobb was in Ridgecrest visiting his sister, Lorene Carter, and family. Family members included Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees Howard Wise, Denise Wise and Kary Thomas.  An Arkansas native, Cobb was stationed at Ford Island with the VJ-1 PBY squadron. According to a previously recorded account, on Dec.7, 1941, Cobb had just reported to duty for the 8 .m.-to-noon watch. He saw smoke from fires across the channel at Pearl Harbor and called in a fire alarm. At the same time, a wave of “low flying Japanese fighter planes strafed the area.”  Cobb fired his 45 pistol into the belly of a passing aircraft. It caught afire, circled and dove into the deck of a nearby ship. The resulting fire was quickly extinguished by the ship’s crew.

His account can be seen at:

https://aviationdave.wordpress.com/page/2/ .

Cobb was later assigned to squadron VJ-2.He served as a flight engineer in Okinawa. Cobb was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal. It is awarded for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. Cobb served with Patrol Squadron Forty-Six (VP-46) in Korea between June 27 to Nov. 19, 1950.  In 1959, following the end of the Korean conflict, Cobb was transferred to Dodge City, Kansas. He served as a Navy recruiter. After 22 years of service, Cobb retired in 1962.

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Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) – SYNOPSIS: Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Burdell O. Cobb, United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Patrol Squadron FORTY-SIX (VP-46), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea from 27 June to 19 November 1950.

General Orders: All Hands (February 1953)

Action Date: June 27 – November 19, 1950
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate
Company: Patrol Squadron 46 (VP-46)

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Salute!

December 7, 2013

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We Remember…

December 7, 2013

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