Baugh, William Joseph, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1983-1991, 50th Space Wing
Service Years
1956 - 1981
Colonel

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Piqua, Ohio
Last Address
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date of Passing
Feb 19, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He spent 2,235 days as a POW in North Vietnam.
The location of his remains is unknown.

His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
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 the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel William Joseph Baugh (AFSN: 0-670121), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the period 5 October 1967 through 29 May 1969, 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. Lieutenant Colonel Baugh 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.
Action Date: October 3, 1967 to May 29, 1969
Service: Air Force
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

His DFC citation:

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 Captain William Joseph Baugh (AFSN: 0-670121), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4C Aircraft Commander near Kep Airfield, North Vietnam on 20 January 1967. On that date, Captain Baugh was flying defensive cover for several attacking aircraft. Undaunted by extremely intense anti-aircraft fire, Captain Baugh maintained on target until receiving a direct hit on his aircraft. Through outstanding perseverance, he then maneuvered the stricken aircraft to his home base and landed under marginal weather conditions on one engine. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Baugh reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: January 20, 1967
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=928
http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Baugh-394
http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/b/b080.htm
http://dailycall.com/main.asp?SectionID=86&SubSectionID=164&ArticleID=163060
http://tdn-net.com/main.asp?SectionID=12&SubSectionID=13&ArticleID=104560
http://greatwarhawknation.com/memoriam/baugh.html
http://www.ohioheroes.org/inductees/2011/baugh.htm
http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=24088
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=150310420
   
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 Unit Assignments
Air Training Command465th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
480th Tactical Fighter SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Wright-Patterson AFBAir War College (Student) Maxwell AFB
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)Air Force Bases/ Installations50th Space Wing
  1956-1958, 0006, Air Training Command
  1958-1959, 1021A, 465th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1959-1963, 1021A, 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1963-1966, 1021A, 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1967, 1021A, 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1973, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - Wright-Patterson AFB
  1973-1974, Air War College (Student) Maxwell AFB
  1974-1978, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  1978-1981, 7311, Peterson Air Force Base
  1983-1991, 50th Space Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1966-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Bowling Green State UniversityAir War College
  1952-1956, Bowling Green State University
  1973-1974, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  F-89 Scorpion  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  F-101 Voodoo  
F-4 Phantom  
  1958-1959, F-86 Sabre
  1958-1959, F-89 Scorpion
  1958-1963, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1958-1966, F-101 Voodoo
  1965-1967, F-4 Phantom
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