Ligon, Vernon Payton, Jr., Col

Deceased
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
3 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1973-1974, Air Force Eastern Test Range
Service Years
1942 - 1974
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

83 kb

Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1921
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Ligon, Vernon Payton, Jr., Col USAF(Ret).

If you knew or served with this Airman and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Frankfort, Kentucky
Last Address
Lake City, Florida

Date of Passing
Feb 28, 1995
 
Location of Interment
Florida Memorial Gardens - Rockledge, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
American Ex-POW AssociationNam-POWSAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1945, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Nam-POWS
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was captured and made a POW 3 times, twice in WWII (he escaped and was recaptured) and once in Vietnam.
 

His Silver Star (1 & 2 of 3) citations:

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 Vernon Peyton Ligon, Jr. (AFSN: FR-33825), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an RF-4C Aircraft Commander of the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action over North Vietnam, on 24 October 1967. On that date, Colonel Ligon displayed outstanding aerial competence and courageous professionalism in the aggressive pursuance and acquisition of the assigned targets. The tenacity of this officer to attain the objective against formidable defenses is in accord with the highest military standards. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Ligon has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Order G-160 (January 15, 1968)

Action Date: 24-Oct-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

Division: Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

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 a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Peyton Ligon, Jr. (AFSN: FR-33825), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an RF-4C Aircraft Commander of the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action over North Vietnam, on 19 November 1967. On that date, Colonel Ligon was shot down while participating in aerial flight in the execution of a high priority reconnaissance mission endeavoring to acquire vital intelligence data in support of the United States' commitment in Southeast Asia. His tenacity and fortitude were unquestionably displayed when he continued the pursuance of his assigned target after receiving battle damage. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Ligon has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 19-Nov-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

Division: Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

 

 

   
Other Comments:
Synopsis of his 3rd silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Peyton Ligon, Jr. (AFSN: FR-33825), United States Air Force, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam.

Action Date: November 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


Sources:
http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/l/l023.htm
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=91
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=163390126
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=24498
 
   
 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar


Aviator (Command)


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School377th Fighter Squadron379th Fighter Squadron362nd Fighter Group
POW Germany326th Fighter Group341st Bombardment Wing, Medium303rd Bombardment Wing, Medium
360th Bombardment Squadron, HeavyAir War College (Student) Air Force Eastern Test Range363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-JetPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, 377th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 379th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 362nd Fighter Group
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, POW Germany
  1945-1947, 326th Fighter Group
  1956-1961, 1021A, 341st Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1961-1962, 1021A, 303rd Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1962-1963, 26, 360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1963-1964, Air War College (Student)
  1964-1967, Air Force Eastern Test Range
  1967-1967, 1021A, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1967-1967, 1021A, 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet
  1967-1973, 1021A, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1974, Air Force Eastern Test Range
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of LouisvilleUniversity of WashingtonAir War College
  1939-1940, University of Louisville
  1946-1947, University of Washington
  1963-1964, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  B-47 Stratojet  RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1956-1964, B-47 Stratojet
  1967-1967, RF-4C Phantom II
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011