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BOXER 22 A Documentary Film Screening and Conversation
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Skyscape Theater - EAA Aviation Museum
Presenter: Elizabeth Turner, Jimmy Gildea, Mary Danielson-Gates
Please join us for a screening of an extended preview for the documentary-in-progress, "BOXER 22." There will be a pre-screening conversation with Mary Danielson-Gates (widow of USAF Capt. Benjamin F. Danielson) and the filmmakers.
"BOXER 22" is a story of a family's legacy, sacrifice, and continued storytelling.
On December 5, 1969, USAF Captain Benjamin F. Danielson’s Phantom F4-C came under enemy fire while flying in the "Secret War" over Laos. He and his navigator, Woodrow Bergeron, ejected - landing on opposite sides of a river near Mu Gia Pass. The search and rescue mission that followed (call sign BOXER 22) arguably remains the largest in US military history to this date, with 336 sorties flown.
1st Lt. Woodrow Bergeron was rescued after 51 hours on the ground. However, Capt. Benjamin Danielson was never rescued. He left behind his wife, Mary, and 1-yr old son, Brian. Brian Danielson went on to have a military career of his own as a pilot in the Navy; he retired from the service in 2019.