Dedicated to the Preservation of the
U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Michael Peter Benno, USAF
BIRTH 13 Oct 1946
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
DEATH 13 Dec 2010 (aged 64)
BURIAL Cremated, Other, Specifically: Celebration of life
After graduating from Delano High School in 1964, he voluntarily enlisted in the military.
Always looking for a challenge and driven to push the limits of his abilities, he applied for and was accepted into the US Air Force Pararescue school during the Vietnam War. It was a defining moment in his life and thus began his extraordinary experience as a trainee and ultimately a full-fledged Pararescueman (a PJ) for the most elite branch of the military. The process of becoming a PJ is so difficult it is informally referred to as “Superman School”. As a PJ, his mission was to search, rescue, medically treat and recover downed pilots in both humanitarian and hostile environments. He and his classmates were also a part of the special operations unit used to support NASA in the recovery of astronauts and equipment after water landings. He did two tours in Vietnam and returned to the Fresno area in 1968.