Gotner, Norbert Anthony, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Primary Unit
1974-1978, Malmstrom Air Force Base
Service Years
1958 - 1978
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1935
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Kansas City, Kansas
Last Address
Lane County, Oregon

Date of Passing
Sep 25, 2013
 
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION MC SITE 116

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Basic) Combat Crew Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1973, Nam-POWS
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He learned several jobs in several types of aircraft and spent 785 days as a POW.

His DFC citations:
Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Norbert Anthony Gotner (AFSN: 0-3085196/0-58952), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4D Weapons System Operator over Southeast Asia on 6 September 1970 On that date, Major Gotner flew deep into hostile territory to strike a newly discovered military structure and bunker complex. Hostile defenses fired at his aircraft in an attempt to discourage the attack, but the ground fire was successfully evaded and all of Major Gotner's ordnance impacted on target. The results of his accurate bombing attack were one military structure destroyed, one structure damaged, two bunkers destroyed and four bunkers uncovered. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Major Gotner reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: September 6, 1970

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major
 
 

Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Norbert Anthony Gotner (AFSN: 0-3085196/0-58952), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4D Weapons Systems Operator over Southeast Asia on 15 September 1970. On that date, he flew in the lead aircraft of a scrambled flight of two F-4Ds and struck an opposing armed force moving across hostile territory. His accurate bombing attacks into intense small arms fire caused numerous casualties and disrupted the movement of the hostile force. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Gotner reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: September 15, 1970

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major
   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Training Command492nd Bombardment Squadron, HeavyStrategic Air Command (SAC)365th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
373rd Strategic Missile Squadron25th Tactical Fighter Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf PackPrisoner Of War (POW)
USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Travis AFBAir Command and Staff College (Student) Malmstrom Air Force Base
  1958-1959, 1575, Air Training Command
  1959-1962, 1571, 492nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1959-1969, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1962-1965, 365th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1965-1969, 373rd Strategic Missile Squadron
  1970-1971, 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1970-1971, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1971-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1973, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Travis AFB
  1973-1974, Air Command and Staff College (Student)
  1974-1978, Malmstrom Air Force Base
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1973 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War - Commando Hunt V Campaign (1970-71)
 Colleges Attended 
Wichita State UniversityAir Command and Staff College
  1954-1958, Wichita State University
  1973-1974, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  B-58 Hustler  LGM-25C/SM-68C Titan II Missile  F-4 Phantom  
  1959-1962, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1962-1965, B-58 Hustler
  1965-1969, LGM-25C/SM-68C Titan II Missile1
  1969-1971, F-4 Phantom
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