Browning, Ralph Thomas, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Primary Unit
1991-1992, 21, 58th Fighter Wing
Service Years
1964 - 1992
Officer Collar Insignia
Brigadier General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Browning, Ralph Thomas, Brig Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Holyoke, Massachusetts; Orlando, Florida
Last Address
Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Passing
Jul 07, 2018
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Training Command Master Instructor (post-1967) Combat Crew Commander

Air Force Retired 2

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Air Force Association (AFA)Order of DaedaliansNam-POWS
  2018, Air Force Association (AFA) - Assoc. Page
  2018, Order of Daedalians - Assoc. Page
  2018, Nam-POWS

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was an F-105 pilot with the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, from Jun 1966 until he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on Jul 8, 1966. After spending 2,412 days in captivity, Capt Browning was released during Operation Homecoming on Feb 12, 1973. He retired from the Air Force Sep 1, 1992. After his 28 years in uniform, he was a distinguished and popular community leader. 

His AFDSM citation:
DURING Peace Time Awards
Service: Air Force
Division: 313th Air Division, Kadena Air Base, Japan

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal to Brigadier General Ralph Thomas Browning, United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious service in duties of great responsibility. General Browning distinguished himself as Commander, 313th Air Division, Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Commander, 58th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Base, Arizona, from 18 August 1988 to 31 August 1992. In these important assignments, the forceful leadership and outstanding, dedicated efforts of General Browning were significantly displayed in the combat readiness of fighter aircrews throughout the Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, and the Government of Japan. In the position of Commander, 58th Fighter Wing, he launched an unprecedented effort that curbed land and airspace encroachment and protected Luke's vital fighter aircrew training mission. In both assignments, General Browning's aggressive initiatives to improve the quality of life for his people and genuine concern for their welfare will have a positive and lasting impact. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Browning culminate a distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air force.

His Silver Star citation:
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


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 Ralph Thomas Browning, United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the period from July 8, 1966 to July 20, 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. Captain Browning 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.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Nellis Air Force Base333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter WingPrisoner Of War (POW)
64th Fighter Weapons SquadronUS Air Force58th Tactical Training Squadron (Cadre)555th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (Cadre) - Triple Nickel
Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)58th Tactical Training Wing12th Air Force313th Air Division
832nd Air Division58th Fighter Wing
  1965-1966, 1115B, Nellis Air Force Base
  1966-1966, 1115A, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 1115A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1974-1975, 1021A, 64th Fighter Weapons Squadron
  1975-1977, 1021A, 65th Tactical Fighter Training Aggressor Squadron (Cadre)
  1977-1978, 1021A, 58th Tactical Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1978-1981, 21, 555th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (Cadre) - Triple Nickel
  1982-1984, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1984-1987, 21, 58th Tactical Training Wing
  1987-1988, 1411, 12th Air Force
  1988-1990, 21, 313th Air Division
  1990-1991, 21, 832nd Air Division
  1991-1992, 21, 58th Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 (FOB) Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force AcademyRollins CollegeArmed Forces Staff CollegeAir War College
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaArmy War College
  1960-1964, United States Air Force Academy
  1973-1973, Rollins College
  1977-1977, Armed Forces Staff College
  1979-1980, Air War College
  1980-1982, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  1981-1982, Army War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  T-38 Talon  F-5 Tiger II  F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle  
  1965-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1974-1977, T-38 Talon
  1974-1977, F-5 Tiger II
  1977-1981, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
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