Winn, David William, Brig Gen

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1977-1978, 2, Combat Operations Center (NORAD-COC), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Service Years
1942 - 1978
Officer Collar Insignia
Brigadier General

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Austin, Minnesota
Last Address
Litchfield Park, Arizona/Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date of Passing
Sep 25, 2009
 
Location of Interment
Lakewood Cemetery - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

NORAD Command Badge Headquarters Air Force Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 Air Force Retired

AAFTTC Instructor


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSAmerican Ex-POW AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1973, Nam-POWS
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He flew combat missions in WWII and also in Vietnam, where he was shot down twice. The 1st time he was rescued; but the 2nd time he became a POW for 1,678 days.
A memorial service was held for him at the Air Force Academy chapel before he was buried in Minnesota.

His AFDSM citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal to Brigadier General David William Winn, United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States. General Winn distinguished himself while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from August 1968 to August 1971. During t his period, General Winn displayed professional competence, unwavering devotion, and loyalty to his country by his continued resistance to an enemy who ignored all International agreements on treatment of prisoners of war. General Winn performed his duties in accord with the Code of Conduct and exhibited leadership with courage and determination, regardless of the cost in the many cruel tortures and beatings which he had to endure. The execution of his responsibilities was a vital factor in setting the standard for the other prisoners. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Winn reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: August 1968 - August 1971

Service: Air Force

Rank: Brigadier General

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

His Silver star citations:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel David William Winn, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as the Pilot of an F-105D Thunderchief of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, on 23 June 1968. On that date, Colonel Winn was instrumental in effecting the rescue of his wingman, downed by hostile ground fire, in the Gulf of Tonkin. With complete disregard for his own safety, he continued to make numerous aggressive passes up and down the extremely well-defended coast of North Vietnam until the safe recovery of his wingman could be effected. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Winn has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 23-Jun-68

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 355th Tactical Fighter Wing

Division: Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

 

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Brigadier General David William Winn, United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the period from 5 September 1968 to 10 September 1968, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. General Winn resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: September 5 - 10, 1968

Service: Air Force

Rank: Brigadier General

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

 

   
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Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=466
http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=7625
http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/w/w072.htm
http://billpetro.com/2009/11/10/history-of-general-winn-the-passing-of-a-hero/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_W._Winn
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=130794207
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=24868
http://home.ancestry.com
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School12th Air Force319th Bombardment Group, Medium  32nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
Air Training CommandMinnesota Air National GuardUS Air Force526th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
94th Fighter-Interceptor SquadronAir UniversityAir Defense Command (ADC)Royal Air Force (RAF)
Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)National War CollegeSchool Assignments355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Prisoner Of War (POW)Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFBNorth American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1946, 12th Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1082, 319th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 32nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
  1944-1948, Air Training Command
  1948-1951, Minnesota Air National Guard
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 1055, Fighter-Interceptor Units
  1952-1955, AAF MOS 1055, 526th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1955-1957, 1021A, 94th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1957-1958, Operation Bootstrap
  1958-1958, 1021A, 94th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1958-1962, Air Defense Command (ADC)
  1962-1964, 1021A, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  1964-1966, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1966-1967, National War College
  1967-1968, 1021A, Air Training Command
  1968-1968, 1021A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1974, 2, Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFB
  1974-1976, 2, 22nd NORAD Region, Canadian Forces Base North Bay, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1976-1977, 2, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1977-1978, 2, Combat Operations Center (NORAD-COC), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
  1968-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1968-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Carroll College, Waukesha, WIUniversity of Minnesota-Twin CitiesUniversity of Minnesota-Twin CitiesNational War College
George Washington University
  1941-1941, Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
  1946-1949, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  1957-1958, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  1966-1967, National War College
  1966-1967, George Washington University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26 Marauder  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-102 Delta Dagger  F-106 Delta Dart  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1943-1944, B-26 Marauder
  1943-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1944-1946, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1948, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1946-1948, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1958-1962, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1958-1962, F-106 Delta Dart
  1967-1968, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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