Duart, David Henry, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1976-1980, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1954 - 1980
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Troy/Canton, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Georgetown, Texas

Date of Passing
Sep 10, 2003
 
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 34 Site 427

 Official Badges 

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


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWS
  1973, Nam-POWS


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a POW Feb 18, 1967. After spending 2,207 days in captivity, he was released during Operation Homecoming Mar 4, 1973.

His Silver Star (1st of 3) citation:

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 Captain David Henry Duart (AFSN: 13497316), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Pilot of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, PACIFIC Air Forces, in action near Vinh, North Vietnam, on 18 February 1967. On that date, while under intense and accurate fire from unfriendly forces, Captain Duart demonstrated courage, undaunted determination, and superior skill in pressing home devastating air attacks against hostile positions. Persevering in the face of danger, he relentlessly and effectively aided in neutralizing the hostile forces. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Duart has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 18-Feb-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Company: 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Division: Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand

His Silver Star (2nd of 3) citation:

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 David Henry Duart (AFSN: 13497316), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the period 18 to 25 February 1967, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. Lieutenant Colonel resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: February 18 - 25, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

 

   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Air Force13th Tactical Fighter SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)355th Tactical Fighter Wing
388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1954-1955, 1021A, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1967-1967, 1115A, 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1975, 1115B, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1976-1980, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Army War College
  1975-1976, Army War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
A-7 Corsair II (Sluf)  F-4 Phantom  
  1955-1956, F-86 Sabre
  1956-1957, F-84 Thunderjet
  1957-1961, F-100 Super Sabre
  1964-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1973-1975, A-7 Corsair II (Sluf)
  1976-1980, F-4 Phantom
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