Scott, Robert Ray, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Service Years
1941 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Oct 03, 2006
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 4, Grave 2876-B

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired

AAFTTC Instructor


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He flew combat missions in 3 wars. He was credited with destroying 2 enemy aircraft in WWII and 1 in Vietnam, making him one of only two pilots in history to score aerial victories in both WWII and Vietnam (Brig Gen Robin Olds was the other).

His Silver Star (1st of 4) citation:

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel Robert R. Scott (AFSN: FR-8541), United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations as Pilot of an F-86 aircraft, 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing, FIFTH Air Force, on 18 July 1953. On that date, Colonel Scott displayed outstanding leadership and high personal courage while leading a squadron of F-86 type aircraft on an interdiction mission against enemy airfields at Sinji-ju, one of the most heavily defended areas in North Korea. While maneuvering into position for the first attack, his aircraft was hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire which caused extreme damage to the fuselage section of his aircraft. Although fully realizing the nature and seriousness of the damage, Colonel Scott, with complete disregard for his own personal safety and at great risk of life initiated his attack through intense anti-aircraft and automatic weapons fire. Through his skillful pilotage and leadership, maximum damage was inflicted upon the target with a minimum of injury to the squadron. Despite the crippled condition of his aircraft, Colonel Scott regrouped his squadron and led it safely through dangerous weather conditions back to the base. Through his high personal courage, professional skill and gallantry in the face of the enemy, Colonel Scott reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: July 18, 1953

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Regiment: 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing

Division: 5th Air Force

   
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Sources:
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1621
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=54272
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43272622
https://www.thisdayinaviation.com (go to Mar 9 or search his name)
   
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 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)/Various Air Missions Over North Korea
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
  1966-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Iowa State UniversityAir UniversityIowa State University
  1939-1941, Iowa State University
  1947-1948, Air University
  1948-1951, Iowa State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-61 Black Widow  F-86 Sabre  F-84 Thunderjet  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
RB-66 Destroyer  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  EB-66 Destroyer  
  1944-1945, P-61 Black Widow
  1952-1953, F-86 Sabre
  1953-1956, F-84 Thunderjet
  1956-1960, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1966-1966, RB-66 Destroyer
  1966-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1966-1967, EB-66 Destroyer
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