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Lieut Richard Bryan "Linus" Lineberry
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1946
Asheville
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1972
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

US Navy LT Richard Bryan Lineberry, Vietnam Veteran, Born in Asheville NC, He became a Native of Horse Shoe, North Carolina.

US Navy Lieutenant Richard Bryan Lineberry was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, LT Lineberry served our country until September 27th, 1972 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 26 years old and was not married. It was reported that Richard died when his plane crashed. His body was recovered. Richard was born on September 16th, 1946 in Asheville, North Carolina. LT Lineberry is on panel 01W, line 075 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 6 years. University of North Carolina Alumni, Class of 1968.

I was assigned to VF-194. I and another electrician from vf-194 were prepared to go to DaNang to change the generator on LT Lineberry's F8J crusader. We were told to stand down as it had been repaired on the beach. He was returning to the USS Oriskany when his accident occurred. He was a heck of a guy. All the enlisted men thought highly of him. My children are now older than he was then. May God bless his family and know he isn't forgotten. Lt. Lineberry had to "bingo" to Da Nang because of a generator problem I believe it was. I was an electrician with VF-194 and me and another AE were preparing for a COD hop to the beach to replace said generator. That didn't happen, but I believe that Lt. Lineberry was killed as he left Da Nang to return to the ship in an ejection mishap. I remember him, he was a gentleman and all the enlisted guys thought highly of him. God bless you LT, Jim Brannon, jlbrannon@verizon.net.

High School, College and Vietnam Vet. Run-Around Friend and Combat Buddy. We shared many great times together as young men and share times only we could know of many adventures as close friends. We shared times in HS and College. It is only now that I find the courage to face my time in that place and remember Richard openly. We shared times together in DaNang in the Village as old schoolmates and dreamed of the going home and being as we were, and that was to be a great person and man of the Carolina Blue Sky. Lester Alsup, 61104 Snowbrush Dr, Bend, OR 97702.

Linus was my wingman on his last flight. He had many fine attributes, a true gentleman, great officer, wonderful sense of humor and a great F-8 stick. A friend lost, but never forgotten. Andy Hill.

Richard "Linus" Lineberry flew the F-8 Crusader. This Gator was from our sister squadron, VF-191. Linus and I shared a stateroom directly below this location of the flight deck. Bill Wright.

Dick was my instructor in the advanced training command. He was the smoothest pilot I ever flew with. I was flying off another carrier the day of Dick's loss. It was a shock. Mike Cobb.

OCS training and fellow Navy Pilot. Fun times with Richard: Richard and I went thru the AVROC program together. We had a bond because both of us were from North Carolina...he was @ UNC Chapel Hill and I was @ Appalachian State. One particular fun time I remember was during AVROC training in Pensacola. We had a Saturday afternoon off and several of us went into the town of P-Cola. Naturally gravitated over to Trader Johns, a famous beer and burlesque honky tonk. Must have been 5 guys and the only one who was not 21 years old was Richard. We all went inside but they would not let Richard in... he had to wait outside for us and was none too happy. We did not stay long...I remember we all went to a movie ( Battle of the Bulge ) and I went to sleep during the 1st 15 minutes and missed the whole show. Next time I saw Richard was @ the "O" Club @ Cubi Point in the Phillipines. I was an A-6 pilot from VA-35 out of Oceana, Va. We were "east coast" guys and did not know anything about WESTPAC. Richard was a hotshot F8 fighter jock and we certainly enjoyed a few beers @ Cubi + I lost about $50 to him playing Klondike. It was several weeks later when we were back on Yankee Station that I learned that Richard had been killed taking off from Da Nang. I really felt the loss. He was a great guy... very unassuming... and obviously was an excellent " stick " since he got fighters out of flight school. I still think of him often and wonder " what might have been ". Dick Havnaer, 2071 Driftwood Circle Fort Mill SC 29708, dick.havnaer@bbraun.com.

THE TIMES-NEWS, HENDERSONVILLE, NC, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1972. Horse Shoe Man Killed in Jet Crash at Da Nang, Vietnam: US Navy Lieutenant, 26, Son of Mr and Mrs William J Lineberry Sr, of Horse Shoe died September 26 in a hospital in Da Nang, South Vietnam, after his plane caught fire during take-off from Da Nang air base. Lt Lineberry, a Navy Fighter pilot stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was on his way back from a combat mission over North Vietnam when he stopped at Da Nang to take on fuel. His plane caught fire upon takeoff. Lt Lineberry attempted to eject but the parachute failed to open. The accident was listed in a dispatch from Saigon, Tuesday but the plane was unidentified until later this week. In addition to the parents, survivors include two brothers, Air Force Tsgt William J Lineberry Jr, 30, stationed in Thailand and Stephen S Lineberry, 29, a United Air Lines employee working in San Francisco. Funeral plans will be announced by Thos Shepherd and Son Funeral Directors. Obit donated by Family.

A native of Asheville, Lt Lineberry attended elementary school in Biltmore and was a graduate of Harding High School in Charlotte. He entered the AVROC program in 1966 while an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a BA Degree from UNC in 1968 and went to Pensacola, Florida where he received his Navy Wings in September 1968. Lt Lineberry served the next two years as an instructor of F-9 Aircraft at Chase Field in Beeville Texas. Lt Lineberry had served in South Vietnam since July after volunteering for duty there. He had been cited for gallantry in action and had received two Air Medals. Official notification was sent to his parents from the Naval Bureau in Washington, DC, Wednesday.

He served with Task Force-77, Onboard the USS Oriskany, with VF-194, part of the 7th Fleet.

Some of his awards and decorations included The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Air Medal.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Jerald Lineberry (1922 - 1993)
  Beuna Mae Coston Lineberry (1920 - 1984)
 
 Siblings:
  William Jerald Lineberry (1942 - 2004)*
  Stephen Spencer Lineberry (1942 - 2009)*
  Richard Bryan Lineberry (1946 - 1972)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Shepherd Memorial Park
Naples
Henderson County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17678357
Lieut Richard Bryan Linus Lineberry
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Lieut Richard Bryan Linus Lineberry
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Lieut Richard Bryan Linus Lineberry
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- Robert Lee Layton Jr. [Okie Bob]
 Added: Sep. 11, 2011
Happy birthday, Linus.
- Jill
 Added: Sep. 16, 2010
Linus, we honor you today on your birthday.
- Jill
 Added: Sep. 16, 2009
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