Alexander, Fernando, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1977-1979, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
Service Years
1952 - 1979
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Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Dallas , Texas
Last Address
North Highlands, California,

Date of Passing
Apr 16, 2020
Location of Interment
Mount Vernon Memorial Park - Fair Oaks, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Pacific Air Forces Combat Crew Air Force Retired Strategic Air Command

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Nam-POWSDisabled American Veterans (DAV)
  1973, Nam-POWS
  1979, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was a B-52 Navigator with the 346th Bomb Squadron at Westover AFB, MA, from Jul 1968 until he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on Dec 19, 1972. During his time with the 346th, he deployed to Southeast Asia four times between Sep 1968 and Dec 1972. After spending 101 days in captivity, he was released during Operation Homecoming on Mar 29, 1973. He served at McClellan AFB, CA, before serving as commander of the Air Force ROTC program at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC, from Sep 1977 until his retirement from the Air Force on Oct 1, 1979.

His DFC citation:
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" to Major Fernando Alexander (AFSN: 0-19446464), United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Radar Navigator over Southeast Asia on 19 December 1972. On that date, Major Alexander participated in a high priority bombing mission against a vital military target in a heavily defended area of North Vietnam. Despite the extreme hazards presented by surface-to-air missiles and hostile interceptors, Major Alexander displayed extraordinary courage and a remarkable ability to perform under severe stress. His willingness to place mission requirements above his personal safety was vital in the successful release of his ordnance on the designated target. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Alexander reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

His Bronze Star citation:
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962, takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Alexander (AFSN: 0-19446464), United States Air Force, for meritorious service while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from December 1972 to March 1973. His ceaseless efforts to conduct himself strictly in accord with the Code of Conduct and policies of the prisoner organization in the difficult conditions of a communist prison clearly demonstrated his loyalty, love of country, and professionalism. By his unselfish dedication to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
321st Strategic Reconnaissance SquadronFormal Schools and Training Courses368th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy1013th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
70th Bombardment Wing, Heavy69th Bombardment Squadron, Medium60th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy72nd Bombardment Wing
4258th Strategic Wing346th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy99th Bombardment Wing, Heavy307th Strategic Wing
Prisoner Of War (POW)Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
  1953-1954, AAF MOS 1037, 321st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
  1954-1955, 1531A, Navigator/Bombardier Advanced Training Course, Mather AFB, Ca
  1955-1959, 368th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1959-1961, 1013th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1959-1961, 70th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1961-1965, 69th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1965-1968, 1521A, 60th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1965-1968, 72nd Bombardment Wing
  1968-1970, 1531A, 4258th Strategic Wing
  1968-1972, 1531A, 346th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1968-1972, 1531A, 99th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1970-1972, 1531A, 307th Strategic Wing
  1972-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1977-1979, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1972 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
  1971-1971 Vietnam War - Commando Hunt V Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Barrel Roll - Laos/Ho Chi Minh trail
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, BerkeleyInter American University of Puerto Rico
  1948-1952, University of California, Berkeley
  1965-1968, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  KB-29P Tanker  B-47 Stratojet  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1953-1953, B-29 Superfortress
  1953-1954, KB-29P Tanker
  1955-1959, B-47 Stratojet
  1959-1972, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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