Hatcher, David Burnnet, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Primary Unit
1966-1973, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1954 - 1974
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Hatcher, David Burnnet, Lt Col USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Last Address
Mount Airy, North Carolina

Date of Passing
May 12, 2019
Location of Interment
Oakdale Cemetery - Mount Airy, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Tactical Air Command Combat Crew Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

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

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
  1973, Nam-POWS

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was shot down over North Vietnam on May 30, 1966. He was captured the next day and spent 2,451 days in captivity. He retired from the USAF Mar 1, 1974.

His Silver Star Citation
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel David Burnett Hatcher (AFSN: AD-14519547), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 1 June 1966 to 8 June 1966. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. This individual 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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Aviator (Senior)
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
508th Air Refueling Squadron, Strategic Fighter333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter WingPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1955-1957, 508th Air Refueling Squadron, Strategic Fighter
  1965-1966, 1115A, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1965-1966, 1115A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1973, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Campaign (1966)
 Colleges Attended 
North Carolina State UniversityUniversity of Omaha
  1952-1954, North Carolina State University1
  1955-1958, University of Omaha
 My Aircraft/Missiles
KB-29P Tanker  KC-97 Stratotanker  F-100 Super Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1955-1957, KB-29P Tanker
  1957-1958, KC-97 Stratotanker
  1960-1961, F-100 Super Sabre
  1961-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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