Goebel, Robert John, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1962-1966, 1811, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1942 - 1966
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Racine, Wisconsin
Last Address
Torrance, California

Date of Passing
Feb 20, 2011
Location of Interment
Green Hills Memorial Park - Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Park View Terrace Lawn Crypt: 263 D

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft in aerial combat in 3 months in the Mediterranean Theater in WWII.

His Silver Star citation reads:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Robert J. Goebel, United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action as Pilot of a P-51 type aircraft of the 308th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in action on 18 August 1944. On that date, Lieutenant Goebel participated as escort to heavy bombers attacking strategic enemy installations in Rumania. Over the target, Lieutenant Goebel observed sixteen (16) enemy aircraft preparing to attack his flight leader. Displaying outstanding aggressiveness and courage, with complete disregard for the overwhelming superiority of enemy aircraft, Lieutenant Goebel immediately engaged the hostile ships, and, in the ensuing engagement destroyed two (2) enemy fighters and forced the rest to withdraw, thus saving the life of his comrade. En route to base, though having serious mechanical difficulties, he again intercepted enemy aircraft and accounted for another enemy fighter destroyed. By his conspicuous gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty, together with his outstanding combat record of over fifty-five (55) successful missions against the enemy and nine (9) enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial flight, Lieutenant Goebel has reflected great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

General Orders: Headquarters, 15th Air Force, General Orders No. 3536 (1944)

Action Date: August 18, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 308th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 31st Fighter Group

Division: 15th Air Force

Other Comments:
Books: "Aces Against Germany", Eric Hammel, Pocket Books, 1993, pp 286-95.
"Mustang Ace: Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot", Robert J. Goebel, Pacifica Press, 1992.
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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School43rd Fighter Squadron  - American Hornets308th Fighter Squadron  - Emerald Knights31st Fighter Group
Air Force Reserve Command Wisconsin Air National GuardUS Air ForceHeadquarters Command (HQ USAF)
Kirtland Air Force BaseArmed Forces Staff CollegeNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 43rd Fighter Squadron - American Hornets
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 308th Fighter Squadron - Emerald Knights
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 31st Fighter Group
  1946-1948, 1121Z, Air Force Reserve Command
  1948-1950, 1121Z, Wisconsin Air National Guard
  1950-1954, 2616, Air Force Office of Atomic Energy (AFOAT-1)
  1954-1957, 2616, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1957-1961, 2616, Kirtland Air Force Base
  1961-1962, Armed Forces Staff College
  1962-1966, 1811, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Wisconsin-MadisonArmed Forces Staff College
  1946-1948, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  1961-1962, Armed Forces Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-39 Airacobra  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-51/F-51 Mustang  Supermarine Spitfire  
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
  1943-1943, P-39 Airacobra
  1943-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang5
  1944-1944, Supermarine Spitfire
  1944-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1948-1950, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
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