|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1929|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1984|
Washington Post, The (DC)- April 30, 1984
Deceased name, Lt. Gen. Bond, AFSC Official, Killed in Crash
Lt. Gen. Robert M. Bond, 54, vice commander of the Air Force Sytems Command at Andrews Air Force Base and a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, was killed April 26 when the experimental plane he was piloting crashed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
An Air Force spokesman declined to disclose details of the accident and said an investigation was continuing.
Gen Bond, who lived at Andrews, was born in Trenton, TN. He attended the University of Mississippi and enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. After a year as an aviation cadet, he was commissioned and became a pilot. He later graduated from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
During the Korean Conflict, Gen. Bond flew 44 combat missions as a fighter pilot. He flew 213 combat missions in Vietnam. Other assignments included duty as an instructor and project test pilot at Nellis AFB.
In 1973, Gen. Bond was named deputy director for general purpose forces in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Force for Research and Development at Air Force Headquarters. In 1978, he was promoted to major general and given command of the armament division at the Air Force Systems Command. He was promoted at lieutenant general in 1981 and was named vice commander of the Systems Command.
Gen. Bonds military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, 12 Air Medals and two Air Force Commendation Medals.
Survivors include his wife, the former Betty Renick, of Andrews AFB; four children, Susan B. Hurry, Robert M. Bond, PAmela Bond-Lunger and Stephen L. Bond, and five grandchildren.
Ashland (Benton County)
Created by: Mavis Clemmer
Record added: Mar 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35047703
Added: Nov. 9, 2012
Killed piloting a Mig23 (designated a YF-113E) in test/experimental flight.|
Added: Jun. 7, 2012