Lodge, Robert Alfred, Maj Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1435F-Air Operations Officer
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Last Unit
1972-1973, MIA Asia
Service Years
1964 - 1972
Major

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1941
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Lynbrook, New York
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
May 10, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 019

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 Military Association Memberships
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1964, Association of Graduates USAFA
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Senior)
Parachutist (Basic)



 
 Unit Assignments
Air University/Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)Air Force Training Wings/3550th Pilot Training Wing4520th Combat Crew Training Group357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
12th Tactical Fighter Squadron479th Tactical Fighter Wing476th Tactical Fighter Squadron356th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Desert Demons/Green Demons
5th Air Force555th Tactical Fighter Squadron432nd Tactical Reconnaissance WingUS AIR FORCE
  1964-1965, Air University/Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  1965-1966, 0006, Air Force Training Wings/3550th Pilot Training Wing
  1966-1966, 1115E, 4520th Combat Crew Training Group
  1966-1967, 1111F, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
  1967-1967, 1111F, 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1968, 1115F, 479th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1968, 1115F, 476th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1969, 1115F, 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Desert Demons/Green Demons
  1969-1970, 1431F, 5th Air Force
  1971-1972, 1435F, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1971-1972, 1435F, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1972-1973, MIA Asia
 Colleges Attended 
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States Air Force AcademyPurdue University
  1959-1960, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1960-1964, United States Air Force Academy
  1964-1965, Purdue University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-4 Phantom  T-39 Sabreliner  F-4 Phantom  
  1966-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1968-1969, F-4 Phantom
  1970-1970, T-39 Sabreliner
  1971-1972, F-4 Phantom
 Combat and Operations History
  1964-1972 Cold War Era
  1966-1966 Air Offensive Campaign 29 June 1966 to 8 March 1967 VSM Streamer/Operation Allegheny
  1966-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1971-1972 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973 VSM Streamer/Operation Linebacker I
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Lodge had a distinguished professional career winning several prestigious awards and acquiring several outstanding decorations for his courage and diligence as a USAF airman. He was credited with shooting down 3 MiG aircraft, one at night. His aircraft was brought down by cannon fire of a MiG-19 flown by a PRVN ace pilot. (See USAF Academy profile below)

Though listed as MIA, his remains were returned 30 September 1977.

He was awarded 5 Silver Stars, 7 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 37 Air Medals among other medals.  He was awarded the Jabara Award by the USAF Academy in 1974. He had served 2 tours in Vietnam and was in the midst of a tour extension when he was lost.


   
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Notes/Links:

http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/l/l068.htm
http://www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID=110&Wall_Id_No=31011
http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=30949 (memorials)

http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.asp?ID=1480 http://memwall.usafalibrary.com/files/642065%20Awards.PDF#files/642065%20Awards.PDF%23 (awards list)

http://memwall.usafalibrary.com/person.asp?id=56 (Extensive details of his career accomplishments and his service can be found at this site). http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_345.shtml (a very detailed account of the air battle and combat photos of Major Lodge et al can be found at this site.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Locher (photos and info)

http://www.f4phantom.com/docs/oyster1b_pt1.mp3  (Major J. Locher Survival Briefingoral after action)

http://www.f4phantom.com/docs/USAF2.pdf (Combat Narratives 1972-3)
   
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