Bernard ConklinLieutenant Colonel
388TH CBT SPT GRP, 388TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
27 February 1932 - 14 December 1973
Stony Point, New York
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In memory of Bernard ConklinI wore your POW-MIA bracelet for many years.
I now have it framed with the tracing of your name from The Wall in my family room.
I look at it every day and think of you every day.
I have taken my parents, my children and friends to The Wall and we have all thought of you, your family, your sacrifice.
The loss of your life is unspeakable but I want you to know that I remember you and my children will remember you so that you do go on for eternity and generations are grateful.
We will never forget.
I often wish I could contact your family so despite their pain and despite all these years they are able to know that someone still cares.
If they wish to speak they can contact me at email@example.com
Thank you, Lt. Col. Bernard Conklin, for giving everything.
6 Sep 2004
Thank you to the gentleman who contacted me to try and forge a connection with possible friends and family of Lt. Col. Conklin. I was unable to make a connection but look forward to doing so in the future. My remembrance and respect for Lt. Col. Conklin continues.
Bernard Conklin was my friend and co-worker at PACAF. He died in the service of his country. As long as I live I will never forget the pain and sorrow of his wife, Peg, and the children. There were other losses of friends who were fellow pilots in Vietnam, but the loss of Bernard is unforgetable. I will always treasure his memory!
From a friend and co-worker,
I was friends with Lt. Colonel Conklin's son, Scott, in my early high school years (1970-1972) in Plattsburgh, NY. We talked about his Dad at our lunch table. He was still in MIA status then, and we still held out hope. Scott and his family eventually moved from Plattsburgh, where they had lived at Plattsburgh AFB, and we lost contact.
Over the years, whenever the paper reported on the repatriation our servicemen, I would scan the article looking for Colonel Conklin's name. Then in 1988 I read such an article and saw his name. I thought of my high school buddy Scott, of our conversations, and remembered the sadness of those days when Colonel Conklin's status was unclear. I tried to imagine the emotions they all felt upon finally knowing.
The message I'd like to send Colonel Conklin is: Welcome home, finally. Your family loved you and held out hope for a long time. They honored your meomory, your service and your sacrifice. As do I.
From a friend of his son,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 29 July 1966 an RC-47D intelligence collection aircraft crewed by
There are a number of uncertainties regarding this flight:
In any case, none of the eight returned with the POWs in February 1973, and over time the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for all eight - Conklin on 14 December 1973.
In 1988, the remains of five of the eight crewmen were repatriated and identified; Hoskinson, Bossio, and Di Tommaso, however, have not come home.
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one who wears his MIA bracelet,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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