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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Major 2
Birth:
18 Mar 1933 2
Death:
25 Nov 1971 2
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Robert Bennett Swenck
Robert Bennett Swenck
Green Hornet Insignia Patch.jpg
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Green Hornets 20th SOS : My Father, Robert Swenck, was in the Green Hornets 20th Special Operations Squadron in 1969.
Dad at Hangar Party
Dad at Hangar Party
Green Hornets 20th SOS : Anybody recognize these guys? Dad's the one who looks like Elvis.
Dad and the Guys
Dad and the Guys
Green Hornets 20th SOS : From the files of the 20th Special Operations Squadron 1969
Robert Swenck
Robert Swenck
Dad was a Green Hornet, a pilot for the 20th SOS in 1969.
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Full Name:
Robert Bennett Swenck 2
Birth:
18 Mar 1933 2
Male 2
Death:
25 Nov 1971 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 38 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Residence:
Hometown: Louisville, KY 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Major 2
Air Group:
3rd ARRG 2
Enlistment Type:
Reserve 2
Grade:
O4 2
Major Command:
7th AF 2
Service:
Air Force 2
Squadron:
37th ARRS 2
Tour Start Date:
20 Jul 1971 2
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Religion:
Baptist - Other Groups 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 72 2
Panel: 02W 2

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This page was created by Bob Swenck's daughter. You can also contact me at soldiersfirstdaughter.blogspot.com

Msgt Robert G. Davis

In Oct 1969 Major (then Capt) swenck was piloting the UH-1P gunship that I was assigned as crew chief.  Upon our return to Ban Me Thout, RVN, we lost our engine and went down.  Major Swenck, under the circumstances, altitude and angle of the turn, did his best to land safely.  However on landing the skids collapsed and rolled on the right side.  

Team members from sister aircraft came over and were able to lift the aircraft frame enough to free me and allow all of us to run as fast as we could.  Very shortly after being freed the aircraft exploded.  

Major Swenk was later KIA in a HH-53 with the 37th ARRS incident in RVN.  

I will always be indebted to him and a Sgt (Now retired CMSGT)  Terry Curry for their quick reaction and other members of the team for my rescue. 

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