Thursday, January 13, 2011
Two Heroes Come Home
Major Robert Tucci and Colonel James Dennany will be buried on Friday, Jan. 14th, at DFW National Cemetary.
On November 11, 1969, Major Tucci and Colonel Dennany were flying F-4D 66-8718, assigned to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 432nd Tactical Recon Wing, out of Udorn AB in Thailand. During a night attack against truck targets on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos, their aircraft was hit by AAA fire. Both men perished when the aircraft crashed into the jungle. Then Capt. Tucci was on the 32nd mission of his second tour, having flown 181 missions of of Da Nang on his previous one.
Efforts to locate the men began in 1995. Fragmented remains were recovered in 2003. The painstaking work by the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command culminated in a positive identification of the remains on September 8, 2010.
Welcome home, gentlemen.