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First Name: Steven

Last Name: Bennett

Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: Logan

Date of Birth: 22 April 1946

Date of Death: 29 June 1972

Rank: Captain

Years Served: 1968-1972
Steven Logan Bennett

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Steven Logan Bennett
Captain, U.S. Air Force
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Steven Logan Bennett was born on 22 April 1946, at Palestine, TX. He was a pilot and Captain in the U.S. Air Force who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War.

Prior to entering the U.S. Air Force, Bennett attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana in Lafayette) in Lafayette, LA, and graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was in ROTC and received his private pilot's license in 1965. He entered the Air Force in 1968, and earned his pilot wings at Webb AFB, TX, in 1969. In 1970, he completed B-52 bomber training course at Castle AFB, CA. He was stationed at Fairchild AFB, WA. He flew B-52s out of Thailand for almost a year. He then transitioned to become a Forward Air Controller (FAC), and graduated from the FAC and fighter training courses at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, before reporting to Da Nang, Vietnam in April 1972. He had only been in combat for three months before flying the mission for which he earned the Medal of Honor. His call-sign at Da Nang was Covey 87.

Medal of Honor

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Pacific Air Forces.
Place and date of action: Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, 29 June 1972.

For service as set forth in the following Citation:

Capt. Bennett was the pilot of a light aircraft flying an artillery adjustment mission along a heavily defended segment of route structure. A large concentration of enemy troops was massing for an attack on a friendly unit. Capt. Bennett requested tactical air support but was advised that none was available. He also requested artillery support but this too was denied due to the close proximity of friendly troops to the target. Capt. Bennett was determined to aid the endangered unit and elected to strafe the hostile positions. After 4 such passes, the enemy force began to retreat. Capt. Bennett continued the attack, but, as he completed his fifth strafing pass, his aircraft was struck by a surface-to-air missile, which severely damaged the left engine and the left main landing gear. As fire spread in the left engine, Capt. Bennett realized that recovery at a friendly airfield was impossible. He instructed his observer to prepare for an ejection, but was informed by the observer that his parachute had been shredded by the force of the impacting missile. Although Capt. Bennett had a good parachute, he knew that if he ejected, the observer would have no chance of survival. With complete disregard for his own life, Capt. Bennett elected to ditch the aircraft into the Gulf of Tonkin, even though he realized that a pilot of this type aircraft had never survived a ditching. The ensuing impact upon the water caused the aircraft to cartwheel and severely damaged the front cockpit, making escape for Capt. Bennett impossible. The observer successfully made his way out of the aircraft and was rescued. Capt. Bennett's unparalleled concern for his companion, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.


Vice President Gerald R. Ford presented the Medal of Honor to Captain Bennett's wife, Linda, and daughter, Angela, at the Blair House on 8 August 1974.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Air Medal (4 awards)
Purple Heart (2 awards)
Cheney Award *

* The Cheney Award is an aviation award presented by the U.S. Air Force in memory of 1st Lt. William Cheney, who was killed in an air collision over Italy in 1918. It was established in 1927, and is awarded to an airman for an act of valor, extreme fortitude or self-sacrifice.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Steve Bennett's name is inscribed on Panel 01W - Row 051.


Bennett is the namesake of the ship MV Capt. Steven L. Bennett (T-AK-4296). There have been numerous other dedications done in his honor. They range from streets being named after him to buildings, including a gymnasium and a cafeteria, a sports arena and VFW posts, and many monuments. He has been mentioned in several military history books.


Steve Bennett was survived by his wife and one child. He had two brothers, David and Miles, and three sisters, Kathe, Lynne and Ardra. His mother, Edith Irene Logan Bennett, preceded him in death and his father, Elwin Bennett, died many years later in 2006. His daughter now lives near Dallas, TX with her husband, Paul, and two children, Jake and Elizabeth.

Bennett's co-pilot, Mike Brown, also lives near Dallas and was reunited with Bennett's wife, Linda, and daughter, Angela, in 1988. They have since remained close and together have attended numerous dedications in Bennett's honor throughout the United States.

Angela is a life-time member of the OV-10 Association located at Meacham Air Field in Fort Worth, TX. They have acquired an OV-10 and painted the names of both Bennett and Mike Brown on the side in memory of their last flight together. Angela was named by her father, who chose Angela Noelle, as in Christmas Angel; she was born near Christmas.

Death and Burial

Captain Steven Logan Bennett was killed in action on 29 June 1972. He is buried at Lafayette Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette, LA.

Honoree ID: 896   Created by: MHOH




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