Caldwell, William Robert, Sr., Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11AXX-Airlift Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1992-1993, Air Mobility Command (AMC)
Service Years
1967 - 1993

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Contact Info
Home Town
Saint Louis, Missouri
Last Address
Belleville, Illinois

Date of Passing
Oct 01, 2014
Location of Interment
Caledonia Cemetery - Sparta, Illinois
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Not Specified

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Order of Daedalians
  2014, Order of Daedalians - Assoc. Page

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His Air Force Cross citation:
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 William R. Caldwell, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a C-130E Instructor Pilot for the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, An Loc Air Base, Vietnam, in action at An Loc, Republic of Vietnam, on 15 April 1972. On that date, Captain Caldwell flew a tactical emergency airdrop of critically needed ammunition to a besieged concentration of allied forces located in a heavily defended area. En route to the target, his aircraft was severely damaged by hostile anti-aircraft fire, fatally injuring the Flight Engineer and wounding other crew members. Realizing bailout of the injured crew members would be extremely difficult, Captain Caldwell, without regard for his personal safety, remained at his station and flew the aircraft to a successful two-engine landing, thereby saving the lives of his crew. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Caldwell reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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 Unit Assignments
School Assignments778th Tactical Airlift Squadron776th Tactical Airlift Squadron40th Tactical Airlift Squadron
317th Tactical Airlift WingMilitary Airlift Command (MAC)772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron316th Tactical Airlift GroupAir Mobility Command (AMC)
  1968-1969, 1021A, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1969-1971, 1021A, 778th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1971-1972, 1021A, 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1972-1973, 1021A, 40th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1973-1975, 1021A, 317th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1975-1978, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1978-1980, 1021A, 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1980-1982, 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
  1986-1987, 00066, 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1987-1989, 316th Tactical Airlift Group
  1989-1992, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1992-1993, Air Mobility Command (AMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1972 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-130 Hercules  
  1969-1987, C-130 Hercules
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