However, on July 21, 1968, the news read ” A Super Sabre and its pilot was lost during a mission to destroy an anti-aircraft gun position on the South Vietnamese-Laos border, in the hill country 25 miles southwest of Hue. LtCol Flanagan was making his first strafing pass from 3000 feet when his aircraft was hit by ground fire and dived into the ground near the target. The pilot may have been wounded by the anti-aircraft fire as he did not eject. LtCol Flanagan was a member of the District of Columbia ANG who had volunteered for service with the 355th.” He had been in Vietnam since May 1968 after his reserve unit in the Air Force was called up for active duty in January.
He was believed to be the first Guardsman called to duty during the period to have died in Vietnam.
Previous to his service in Vietnam, he had served in the Korean conflict with the Air Force.
Before his reserve unit was reactivated, Flanagan was a lawyer with the legal firm of Cable and McDaniel in Westminster. He had practiced law since 1960 when he graduated from the University of Maryland law school.
Source: Carroll County Times Newspaper