SSgt Michael R. Conner was killed in action 22 April 1970, when the EC-47 aircraft tail number 43-48402, call-sign CAP 53, on which he was serving as an Airborne Morse Systems Operator, was downed by enemy fire over Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam.
SSgt Conner was born 17 September 1947, in Rockwood, Tennessee and graduated from Central High School, Knoxville, Tennessee in 1965.
SSgt Conner enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on 29 November 1966. He completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas and Morse Code training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. He was then assigned to the 6910th Security Wing, Darmstadt, Germany. On 25 October 1969, SSgt Conner was reassigned to Det 2, 6994th Security Squadron, Pleiku AB, Vietnam.
SSgt Conner’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart (Posthumously), Air Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.
To honor SSgt Conner’s ultimate sacrifice for his country, Keesler Air Force Base named a dormitory “Conner Manor” in his honor.
In addition, on 11 November 1987, Building 1574 at Misawa Air Base, Japan was renamed Conner Memorial Hall in his honor.
SSgt Conner is interred at Woodhaven Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee. His name is engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Panel 11W, line 34.