Dees, Robert Franklin, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-1952, AAF MOS 1055, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1948 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Moultrie, GA
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 09, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Longstreet Historical Cemetery - Ozark, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  2014, Korean War Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1948, Basic Military Training (Sheppard AFB, TX)
  1949, Officers Training School (OTS) (Lackland AFB, TX)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Base UnitsSchool Assignments474th Fighter Group430th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
US Air Force
  1948-1949, 3502nd Army Air Force Base Unit
  1950-1951, Pilot Training Classes 50- thru 59- (PBOC/ENJJPT/JSUPT/UPT/JSTAR/JSUNT/UNT)
  1951-1952, Pilot Training Classes 50- thru 59- (PBOC/ENJJPT/JSUPT/UPT/JSTAR/JSUNT/UNT)
  1952-1952, 474th Fighter Group
  1952-1952, 430th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 1055, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Military College
  1945-1947, Georgia Military College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-84 Thunderjet  
  1951-1952, F-84 Thunderjet
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"First Lieutenant Dees was the pilot of a F-84E Thurderjet fighter with the 430th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 474th Fighter-Bomber Group. On October 9, 1952, while on a combat mission and as he delivered his bombs, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire and augured into the ground. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953..."Source: WWI,WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings,

"Airman Missing in Action From Korean War Is Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Air Force 1st Lt. Robert Dees, 23 of Moultrie, Ga., will be buried at the Longstreet Historical Cemetery in Ozark, Ala. On Oct. 9, 1952, he was flying an F-84 Thunderjet, attacking several targets in North Korea. After he and the other three aircraft from the 430th Fighter-Bomber Squadron completed their attack on their primary target, they began their bombing run against enemy boxcars on the railroad near Sinyang. Other members of his flight reported seeing an explosion near the target they were attacking. They believed it to be the crash of Dees' aircraft and could not raise any radio contact with him. Airbourne searches over the battlefield failed to locate him or his aircraft.
Following the armistice in 1953, the North Koreans repatriated 4,219 remains of U.S. and allied soldiers during Operation Glory. In November 1954, they turned over remains which they reported were recovered from Sinyang. Accompanying the remains were portions of a pilot's flight suit and a pneumatic life preserver. But after two attempts, the Army's mortuary at Kokura, Japan, was unable to identify the remains. They were buried in 1956 as 'unknown' at the Punch Bowl Cemetery in Hawaii.
Beginning in the late 1990's, analysts from DPMO and Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) undertook a concentrated review of Korean War air losses, as well as a review of the Kokura mortuary files. They made a tentative association to Dees, based on U.S. wartime records as well as the information provided by the North Koreans. These remains were disinterred from the Punch Bown Cemetery in June of 2010.
1st Lt. Dees' remains were identified by making extensive dental comparisons with his medical records......
Source: News Release - Defense Prisonor of War/Missing Personnel Office (Public Affairs), Washington DC, Immedicate News Release, January 21, 2011

Robert Franklin Dees was reared in a small town five miles from Moultrie, Georgia. He atttended Moultrie High School and was a member of Hi-Y, FFA and X-Club. He played on the school basketball and baseball teams, and in intramural football and track. Robert was President of his Junior Class and Treasurer of his Senior Class. His Senior Class elected him "the one most likely to succeed" of 174 seniors. At the time of his graduation from high school he received a citizenship award and a two-year scholarship to Georgia Military Academy Junior College. At college he played varsity football, basketball and baseball. He was also sports editor of the school paper and participated in intramural boxing. And he was a member of the Eagle Roll, the Honor Roll Society of the college. Source:

"Name: Robert Franklin Dees
Birth Date: 16 Oct 1920
Gender: Male
Home City: Moultrie
Home State: Georgia
Citizen Status: U.S. Citizen
Death Date: 31 Dec 1953 (Presumed death date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Regular
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korea War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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