Rountree, Fred Brinson, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1082-Pilot, B-26
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1953-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1946 - 1951
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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Egypt, Georgia
Last Address
Yokota AB, Japan

Casualty Date
Jan 14, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Elam Egypt Baptist Church Cemetery - Egypt, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
Basic Flight SchoolAdvancement Schools and Courses13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder3rd Bomb Wing
Prisoner Of War (POW)US Air Force
  1946-1946, Basic Flight School
  1947-1947, Advanced Flight Training Course
  1948-1949, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder
  1950-1951, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder
  1950-1951, 3rd Bomb Wing
  1951-1953, Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1953-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1943-1946, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AT-6 Texan  B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
  1946-1946, AT-6 Texan
  1949-1951, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
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Last Known Activity
"USMA Class of 1946, Captain Rountree was a pilot of a B-26B Invader bomber with the 13th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing. After forty missions over enemy territory, on January 14, 1951, while on a night intruder mission, his aircraft was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire. He bailed out about two miles west of Hamjong-ni. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1954. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Koren War Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov

"Forty missions had been accomplished and then just another routine flight. So though Captain Fred B. Rountree, the pilot; so thought Captain Don Thomas, the navigator and so thought Sergeant Bernard Mitchell, the gunner. The abandoned. Ground fire hit the plane. The plane was on fire. Momentum was sufficient to bring the plane over a nearby mountain. A white chute opened. Navigator Thomas was on his way. The last he saw of the plane was someone bailing out, just as it passed over the mountain into enemy territory.
It was a sad visit for Captain Thomas. Fortunately he had been able to reach American territory by assistance from the Korean underground. From him, Dorothy Rountree learned that it was her husband who had bailed out. The gunner, Sergeant Bernard Mitchell, was presumably caught in the flames of the plane." Source: Memorial Article published Assembly Jul '54, http://www.west-point.org
   
Comments/Citation
Fred Brinson Rountree was born in Egypt, Georgia and attended Guyton High School and the Georgia Military Academy. While at the U.S. Military Academy he married Dorothy Ann Carnright on 31 Jul 1946. The couple had one son  in 1947 at El Paso, Texas and a second son in 1949 at Japan, presumably Yokota AFB, Japan, where the family lived.

There is evidence that Capt. Rountree was a POW. A list was compiled, called the 'Nielsen-Henderson List' in September of 1953. The list included POW's that they could remember after the two men were repatriated at Kaesong in 1953...Cpt Fred Brinson Rountree was on the Nielsen-Henderson List. Source: T.E. Moore, http://www.koreanwar.org

This may also be substantiated by a report in The Stars and Stripes, '307 More Missing PWs Names, All of AF,' in which The Defense Department released the fourth list of American prisoners of war in Korea unaccounted by the Communists. Capt. Rountree's name was on that list. Source: The Stars and Stripes, Sunday, September 20, 1953, Ancestry.com

"Name: Fred Brinson Rountree
Birth Date: 13 Aug 1922
Gender: Male
Home City: Egypt
Home State: Georgia
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 31 Dec 1954 (Note: 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: Captain
Pay Grade: Captain"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957, Ancestry.com


   
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