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IN MEMORIAM (1956)

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IN MEMORIAM (1956)

(Research Notes: The bodies of Captain Jean P. Ingraham, passenger, and Staff Sergeant Walter E. Soocey, Crew Chief, were recovered on April 8 and May 28, 1956. Here we present a reasonable facsimile of the IN MEMORIAM folder from THE MEMORIAL SERVICE held at NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE on February 17, 1956. Note the misspelling as "INGHRAM" and the incorrect date given for this aircraft accident as January 21, 1956.)

IN MEMORIAM

 

JEAN PAGE INGHRAM

Captain, USAF, AO2221961, Flight Commander

3597th Combat Crew Training Squadron

Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada

Born on 17 January 1927 in West Virginia

Commissioned Second Lieutenant on 23 June 1951

Promoted to First Lieutenant on 21 January 1952

Became a Captain on 23 February 1955

Decorations: Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Lorean Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars.

Missing in an aircraft accident near Pittsburgh, Penna. on January 21, 1956. Officially declared dead on 10 February 1956.

 

 

WALTER EUGENE SOOCEY

Staff Sargeant, USAF, AF1810776, Crew Chief

3597th Field Maintenance Squadron

Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada

Born on 29 July 1923 in Hominey, Oklahoma

Enlisted in the Air Force on 15 February 1942

Decorations: Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, Afican Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal with two Bronze Loops and National Defense Service Medal.

Missing in an aircraft accident near Pittsburgh, Penna. on January 21, 1956. Officially declared dead on 10 February 1956.

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"They pass from work to greater work

Who rest before their noon,

Ah, God is very good to them,

They do not die too soon."

To God, Length of life is not the important thing. It is enough that a man do his duty for whatever time is allowed him.

 

 

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE

Las Vegas Nevada

Colonel James C. McGehee             Commander

Chaplain Paul G. Schade  (Major) Wing Chaplain

 

 

THE MEMORIAL SERVICE

17 February 1956

OUR TRIBUTE OF HONOR

 

PRELUDE.........................A/1c Paul Allen

THE CALL TO REMEMBRANCE.......................

THE INVOCATION........................Psalm 23

SELECTED READINGS.............................

PRAYER........................................

THE MEMORIAL ADDRESS...Chaplain Paul G. Schade

PRAYER........................................

BENEDICTION...................................

POSTLUDE.......................A/1c Paul Allen

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"Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, thru the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, thru Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20, 21)

"I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." (John 11:25)

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John 10:28)

Suggested reading

Goerman, Robert A., Thirty Seconds over Pittsburgh, FATE magazine, May-June 2009 www.fatemag.com

Johns, Robert H., The Incident That Could Have Killed Pittsburgh, Closson Press, September 2008 www.clossonpress.com