Broughton, Jacksel Markham, Col

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Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1021A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1945 - 1968
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New York
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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Broughton, Jacksel Markham, Col USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Utica, New York
Last Address
Lake Forest, California

Date of Passing
Oct 24, 2014
Location of Interment
Miramar National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

Tactical Air Command Pacific Air Forces Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Crew

Commander Air Force Retired Fighter Weapons School Air Training Command (ATC)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal F-105 100 Missions Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1967, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He flew 216 combat missions in two wars. He was very outspoken about disagreeing with how the White House and Pentagon were running the war in Vietnam. For this he was treated badly by some of his superiors. After his retirement from the Air Force, he became a published author with the books "Thud Ridge", "Going Downtown", and "Rupert Red Two". 

His AF Cross citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Colonel Jacksel M. Broughton (AFSN: 0-17035), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia while serving as Pilot of an F-105 Thunderchief of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, in action over North Vietnam on 5 February 1967. On that date, Colonel Broughton was Mission Commander of a flight of a two wing F-105 Thunderchief strike force which attacked a heavily defended target in North Vietnam. Despite serious aircraft malfunctions, marginal weather, and grave damage to his aircraft from an exploding surface-to-air missile, he placed his armament directly on target, scattering fire and debris which illuminated the target for easy acquisition by the following strike force. Disregarding the crippled condition of his aircraft, which minimized his chances for recovery to friendly territory, Colonel Broughton then willfully acted as a decoy to divert hostile aircraft approaching the strike force. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Colonel Broughton reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-188 (June 1, 1967)

Action Date: 5-Feb-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: Vice Commander

Regiment: 355th Tactical Fighter Wing

Division: Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Force Bases/ Installations366th Fighter Group389th Fighter Squadron  - ThunderboltsUS Air Force
525th Fighter Squadron  - BulldogsUSAF Air Demonstration Squadron - ThunderbirdsUS Air ForceUSAF Interceptor Weapons School
US Air ForceAir Force Bases/ Installations5th Fighter Squadron  - Spitten Kittens6441st Tactical Fighter Wing
355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1081, 2518th Army Air Force Base Unit
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 76th Flying Training Wing (Staff)
  1946-1947, AAF MOS 1055, 366th Fighter Group
  1946-1947, AAF MOS 1055, 389th Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1947-1948, AAF MOS 1055, 86th Composite Group
  1947-1948, AAF MOS 1055, 525th Fighter Squadron - Bulldogs
  1949-1950, AAF MOS 1055, Aerial Gunnery School
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1055, Laughlin Air Force Base
  1954-1957, 1021A, USAF Air Demonstration Squadron - Thunderbirds
  1957-1957, 1021A, Vincent Air Force Base
  1958-1959, 1021A, USAF Interceptor Weapons School
  1960-1961, 1021A, Joint US Military Mission to Aid to Turkey (JUSMAT)
  1961-1961, 1021A, Hamilton Air Force Base
  1961-1964, 1021A, 5th Fighter Squadron - Spitten Kittens
  1965-1966, 1021A, 6441st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1967, 1021A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/American Theater
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1965-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1965-1965 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Rolling Thunder I
  1966-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyAir Command and Staff CollegeNational War College
  1942-1945, United States Military Academy1
  1957-1958, Air Command and Staff College
  1964-1965, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-19 Trainer  AT-6 Texan  B-25 Mitchell  B-17 Flying Fortress  
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  AT-11 Kansan  
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  B-26 Marauder  F-86 Sabre  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
F-84 Thunderjet  C-121 Constellation  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  C-119 Flying Boxcar  
F-84 Thunderstreak  F-100 Super Sabre  F-86 Sabre  B-57 Canberra  
F-89 Scorpion  F-101 Voodoo  F-102 Delta Dagger  F-104 Starfighter  
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  C-54 Skymaster  RC-121 Warning Star  F-4 Phantom  
F-106 Delta Dart  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  B-1 Lancer  
  1944-1944, PT-19 Trainer
  1944-1950, AT-6 Texan
  1945-1945, B-25 Mitchell
  1945-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1946-1948, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1946-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1947-1947, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1947-1947, AT-11 Kansan
  1947-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1949-1950, B-26 Marauder
  1949-1950, F-86 Sabre
  1951-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1951-1954, F-84 Thunderjet
  1952-1952, C-121 Constellation
  1954-1955, F-84 Thunderjet
  1954-1965, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1955-1957, C-119 Flying Boxcar
  1955-1957, F-84 Thunderstreak
  1956-1957, F-100 Super Sabre
  1956-1958, F-86 Sabre
  1957-1957, B-57 Canberra
  1957-1957, F-89 Scorpion
  1958-1959, F-101 Voodoo
  1958-1959, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1958-1959, F-104 Starfighter
  1960-1960, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1960-1960, C-54 Skymaster
  1961-1961, RC-121 Warning Star
  1961-1961, F-4 Phantom
  1961-1964, F-106 Delta Dart
  1965-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)1
  1984-1984, B-1 Lancer
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