|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1918|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 1966, Vietnam|
In Memory of ..... Col. Peter Joseph Stewart.
*** Colonel Stewart was a member of the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon Airfield, Thailand. On March 15, 1966, he was the bombardier/navigator of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4C) on an armed reconnaissance over Dien Binh Phu, North Vietnam. On making a bombing run on trucks, his aircraft was shot down and exploded. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
PETER JOSEPH STEWART - Air Force - COL - O6
Date of Birth Aug 12, 1918
From: WINTER HAVEN, FL
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Married - Margaret Mary DeHaven Stewart (AKA Marsharika Twynette Smith). 6 yrs younger, Born Jan. 30, 1924. Married in Nov. 11, 1944 in Polk C., Florida (Lived in Washington,DC/Lexington,Virginia). has a brother.
* In-Laws: Ford Jewell DeHaven and wife.
* Possible Relatives: Elizabeth Ann Stewart, Marsharika Twynette Smith, William Stewart.
***** Meghan Stewart-McDonagh
My Great Uncle
I am honored that my daughter and I will soon see this memorial. We will pray for you when we arrive and touch your name for my father, your namesake, Peter Stewart.
His tour began on Mar 15, 1966
Casualty was on Jan 28, 1980
In , NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered
Panel 06E - Line 12
Other Personnel In Incident: Martin R. Scott (missing)
On 15 March 1966, Capt. Martin R. Scott, pilot; and then Lt. Col. Peter J. Stewart, co-pilot; comprised the crew of an F4C, call sign "Boron 02," that was the #2 aircraft in a flight of two conducting a late afternoon armed reconnaissance mission along Route 19, south of Dien Binh Phu, North Vietnam.
Once in the target area, Boron Lead contacted the airborne battlefield command and control center (ABCCC), call sign "Crown." Boron flight was directed to reconnoiter Route 19 from south to north for signs of enemy activity. As the flight progressed northward toward Dien Bien Phu, Boron 02 was flying in trail behind the lead aircraft when Lead saw two trucks on the road.
After reporting sighting enemy traffic, Lead initiated a left-hand turn and requested that Capt. Scott and Lt. Col. Stewart to also identify the trucks.
At 1812 hours, Boron 02 confirmed the enemy trucks and Capt. Scott transmitted his intention to strafe them. Approximately 5 seconds later the aircrew of Boron 01 observed a bright orange explosion on the ground covering an area 600 feet long by 100 feet wide.
Boron 01 completed a 300-degree turn while attempting to contact his wingman. When no contact could be established, he contacted Crown with a status report. Crown asked if they saw any parachutes and Lead replied that they had not.
Approximately 2 minutes after impact, the pilot of Boron 01 saw a red double star flare, which rose about 25 feet above the terrain, indicating that at least one of Boron 02's aircrew was alive on the ground and free at least for the moment.
Boron 01 remained in the area conducting an electronic search for approximately 20 minutes when they were relieved by Steel flight. During the time Boron 01 conducted the electronic search, no emergency radio beepers were heard.
No formal organized search and rescue (SAR) mission was initiated because the loss was deep within enemy-held territory and subject to extremely hostile ground fire.
At the time the electronic search was terminated, Peter Stewart and Martin Scott were declared Missing in Action.
In 1975, US casualty personnel showed the families of POW/MIAs the US government's "post-capture photo album of unidentified Prisoners of War" in an attempt to identify these men. During their examination of the album, the Stewart family identified one specific photo of a prisoner in captivity as Peter Stewart. Later Air Force representatives assured the Stewart family that the photo they identified as being Lt. Col. Stewart was really another officer who returned to US control during Operation Homecoming.
When the family showed another returned POW the photo of the unidentified prisoner and asked "is the man in the photo and the man the US government claimed to be the same person," the returnee said, "there was 'no way' it was the officer in question." It was later learned that the officer in question had never been shown that photo for identification purposes and he never identified it as being himself.
Over the years Peter Stewart's family continued to follow every lead possible in their search for him. In 1985, they talked to a returned POW who told the family he recalled Peter Stewart's name being passed around the prison camps in which he was held prior to his own release. While this returned POW was able to provide very sketchy information about Peter Steward, he could provide no information about the fate of Martin Scott.
Note: Looking for location of his Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61476618