More detail on this person: BENO, Lt. Col. Joseph P. (USMC - Ret.) Departed pattern 0333, Jumpin
Joe, Oct. 22, 2014, last seen on heading and course, full throttle forward, after burners glowing.
Last report passing through Angels 300 and approaching heaven. Joe was 87. PCS (Permanent Change
of Orders) and flight plan come on the heels of a valiant battle with the effects of Agent Orange.
Received orders in Clearwater. At last pilots' report, Subject Named Marine indicated, "six" was
clear. Joe's military career spanned 32 years. He was qualified in 36 different aircraft with 6,500
hours of flight time. Joe flew fighter jets and later helicopters. Joe was the lead pilot in
ToraToraTora, flying the Japanese Zero's with aeronautical precision. The chocks have been pulled.
Lt. Col. Beno is on his ultimate solo flight. His personal rendezvous with destiny has begun, his
final mission underway. No doubt he will join his fellow comrades patrolling the skies and unlimited
airspace of heaven. SNM will be missed, but not forgotten. Semper Fi, Colonel, Beno out....end of
transmission. Service will be at St. Cecilia's Church of Clearwater, at 6 pm, Nov. 21.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 16, 2014
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