30 November 1957 – Capt Benny Lacombe is killed when he unsuccessfully attempts to bail out of Lockheed U-2A, 56-6704, Article 371, 13 miles SE of Laughlin AFB. Ejection seats had not yet been fitted to U-2s at this point. The history of the U-2 program is fraught with fatalities and crashes. “CIA pilots Wilburn S.
Adams, Michael Thomas - KIA
Capt. Michael T. Adams was born on March 28, 1946, and lived in Albuquerque, NM. He was a member of the New Mexico Air National Guard serving with the 188TH TAC FTR SQDN/31ST TAC FTR WING/7TH AF, United States Air Force. The squadron had been activated in January of 1968 and deployed to Vietnam later that year.
Adams officially began his tour on June 4, 1968. He had completed 11 months of his tour when he was shot down over Laos, in the vicinity of Ban Nathon Mai, 40 miles west of the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) between North Vietnam and the Republic of Vietnam. He came into contact with heavy automatic weapons/small arms and was Killed in Action.
Mike is buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.