Driscoll, Jerry Donald, Col

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Primary Unit
1984-1987, AFROTC (Cadre) Det 085 University of California - Berkeley
Service Years
1963 - 1987
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Contact Info
Home Town
Chicago, Illinois
Last Address
Wayzata, Minnesota

Date of Passing
Feb 20, 2016
Location of Interment
Holy Name Cemetery - Medina, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Combat Crew Air Force Retired Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSAir Force Memorial (AFM)Association of Graduates USAFA
  1973, Nam-POWS
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, Association of Graduates USAFA

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He spent 2,487 days as a POW in North Vietnam. After retiring from the US Air Force on Jul 1, 1987, he was a pilot for American Airlines until 2000. He died 1 day short of his 76th birthday.  

His Silver Star 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 Major Jerry Donald Driscoll (AFSN: 1528K), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 15 June 1966, 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. Major Driscoll 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: 15-Jun-66

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments560th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Chargin' Cheetahs469th Tactical Fighter SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)
USAF Hospital/Medical Center - MarchAdvancement Schools and Courses307th Tactical Fighter SquadronAir Force Inspection and Safety Center
50th Flying Training Squadron (Cadre) - Strikin' Snakes3614th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)AFROTC (Cadre) Det 085 University of California - Berkeley
  1964-1965, 1115A, Air Force Crew Training Course
  1965-1965, 1115A, 560th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Chargin' Cheetahs
  1965-1966, 1115A, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1973, USAF Hospital/Medical Center - March
  1973-1974, 1115A, Air Force Crew Training Course
  1974-1976, 1115A, 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1978-1981, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center
  1981-1982, 2221A, 50th Flying Training Squadron (Cadre) - Strikin' Snakes
  1982-1984, 3614th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1984-1987, AFROTC (Cadre) Det 085 University of California - Berkeley
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaUnited States Air Force AcademyCentral Michigan UniversityCommand and General Staff College
University of Utah
  1958-1959, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy1
  1976-1978, Central Michigan University
  1976-1978, Command and General Staff College
  1979-1981, University of Utah
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-4 Phantom  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)  
T-38 Talon  
  1964-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1974-1976, F-4 Phantom1
  1978-1981, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1978-1981, A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
  1981-1982, T-38 Talon
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