LTC Joseph P. Beno was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/22/2014 at the age of 87.8
Clearwater, FL
Date of Birth 12/22/1926
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

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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