Blosch, Albert Paul, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1971, 1st Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1971
Lieutenant Colonel

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Contact Info
Home Town
Bristow, Oklahoma
Last Address
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Date of Passing
Oct 30, 2011
Location of Interment
Oak Hill Cemetery - South St Paul, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor Air Commando

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the aircraft commander of MC-130E "Cherry Two" during the Son Tay Raid into North Vietnam Nov 20-21, 1970.  
Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel Albert P. Blosch, United States Air Force, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as a member of an all-volunteer joint U.S. Army and Air Force raiding force in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed heliborne assault mission to rescue United States military personnel held as prisoners of war at Son Tay prison in North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Colonel Blosch in his gallant actions during the heroic rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and tactical success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Blosch has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-985 (December 15, 1970)

Action Date: November 21, 1970

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Son Tay Volunteer Task Force
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 Unit Assignments
US Army Reserve (USAR)Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)US Air Force
US Air Force817th Troop Carrier Squadron776th Troop Carrier Squadron (Assault)778th Troop Carrier Squadron, Assault
779th Troop Carrier Squadron314th Troop Carrier Wing/314th Troop Carrier Wing Detachment 11st Special Operations Wing
  1942-1943, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1943-1944, M 0273, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, M 0273, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1945-1953, M 0273, Air Force Reserve Command
  1953-1959, 2nd Strategic Support Squadron
  1959-1963, 817th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1963-1964, 776th Troop Carrier Squadron (Assault)
  1964-1966, 778th Troop Carrier Squadron, Assault
  1964-1966, 779th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1966-1967, 314th Troop Carrier Wing/314th Troop Carrier Wing Detachment 1
  1968-1971, 319th Air Commando Squadron
  1968-1971, 1st Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1961-1963 Vietnam War
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)/Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Prison Raid)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-124 Globemaster II  C-130 Hercules  MC-130 Combat Talon/Shadow  
  1953-1959, C-124 Globemaster II
  1959-1971, C-130 Hercules
  1964-1966, MC-130 Combat Talon/Shadow
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