Boyd, William, Jr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Service Years
1943 - 1974
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
North Barnstead, New Hampshire
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 31, 1984
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section N70W, Row 37, Site 2

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Master Instructor (pre-1966) Combat Crew Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

C-130 Hercules 1000 Hour Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served in WWII but didn't see combat. He participated in the Berlin Airlift from Jun 1948 to Jan 1949. Between Feb 1968 and Aug 1970, he flew 643 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He also served in several instructional and advisory positions and flew a variety of aircraft.

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 Lieutenant Colonel William Boyd, Jr. (AFSN: 0-16690), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a C-130 pilot of the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, in action at Kham Duc, Republic of Vietnam on 12 May 1968. On that date, Colonel Boyd flew an emergency evacuation mission into Kham Duc Airfield as it was being overrun by hostile forces. Realizing that the friendly ground forces and Vietnamese civilians remaining at Kham Duc had virtually no chance for survival except evacuation by his aircraft, Colonel Boyd, without regard for his personal safety, flew through a veritable hail of hostile fire into the besieged field and successfully evacuated more than one hundred troops and civilians. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel Boyd reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 12-May-68

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron

Regiment: 314th Tactical Airlift Wing

Division: Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan

   
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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=48954839
http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=3503
http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2005/October%202005/1005khamduc.aspx
   
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 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II
  1948-1949 Berlin Airlift (East Gemany)
  1968-1970 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  C-54 Skymaster  KC-97 Stratotanker  C-130 Hercules  
F-102 Delta Dagger  KC-97 Stratotanker  
  1948-1949, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1948-1949, C-54 Skymaster
  1961-1967, KC-97 Stratotanker
  1967-1971, C-130 Hercules
  1971-1973, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1971-1973, KC-97 Stratotanker
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