Abbott, Robert Archie, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1989-1991, 8811, Lowry Air Force Base
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
1115B-Pilot
00-AFSC Unknown or Not Selected
8811-Judge Advocate, Staff
Service Years
1965 - 1991
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Air Force Retired


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 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWS
  1973, Nam-POWS


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
He was a fighter pilot, a POW for 2,136 days, a fighter pilot again, and then a legal officer before retiring from the Air Force Sep 5, 1991.
Since leaving the USAF, he has been a lawyer in Michigan. 

His Silver Star citations:
 
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Battalion: 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Division: Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
GENERAL ORDERS:

 

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Robert Archie Abbott (AFSN: FR-81453), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Pilot serving with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in Southeast Asia on 30 April 1967. On that date, Lieutenant Abbott was a member of a surface-to-air missile suppression flight protecting a strike force of fighter-bombers which were to strike a vital transformer in a heavily defended area. When a hostile interceptor downed Lieutenant Abbott's leader, he gave little thought to his own personal safety and established a RESCAP orbit over the downed aircrew. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Abbott has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

 

AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
GENERAL ORDERS:

 

CITATION:

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 Captain Robert Archie Abbott (AFSN: FR-81453), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during May 1967, 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. Captain Abbott 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.

   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Force Training Wings354th Tactical Fighter SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)21st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (Cadre)
School Assignments9th Air ForceMilitary Airlift Command (MAC)Lowry Air Force Base
  1965-1966, Air Force Training Wings
  1966-1966, 3550th Combat Crew Training Wing (Staff)
  1966-1967, 1115B, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1973, 1021A, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1974, 1115B, 21st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1977-1978, 00, Judge Advocate General's School (Staff)
  1982-1986, 8811, 9th Air Force
  1986-1989, 8811, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1989-1991, 8811, Lowry Air Force Base
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
  1966-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)
 Colleges Attended 
Michigan State UniversityArmed Forces Staff CollegeAir Force Institute of Technology
  1960-1964, Michigan State University
  1975-1976, Armed Forces Staff College
  1976-1978, Air Force Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  T-38 Talon  F-4 Phantom  T-39 Sabreliner  
  1967-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1973-1973, T-38 Talon
  1973-1975, F-4 Phantom
  1974-1975, T-39 Sabreliner
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