Ammon, Glendon Lee, Col

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1966-1966, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
Service Years
1954 - 1966
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Home Town
Muncie, Indiana
Last Address
Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Sep 21, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 126/ Section 11, Site 767-1

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355th Tactical Fighter Wing357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
  1966-1966, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1966, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Dragons
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  1965-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam1
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F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1965-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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REMEMBRANCE PROFILE IN PROGRESS - SUBJECT TO CHANGE ------- From Rich Hopka AFTWS Historian: F-105D Tail #62-4371 no boots date body recovered 23 Aug 1978 7th Air Force 355th TFW 357th TFS ------- From Gerald Lamarind, MSgt USAF (Ret.): AMMON, GLENDON LEE Remains Returned 23 August 1978 Name: Glendon Lee Ammon Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 30 October 1932 Home City of Record: Muncie IN Date of Loss: 21 September 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211255N 1060544E (XJ13462) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. REMARKS: REMS RETD 780823 MONTGOM HANOI SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief (or "Thud") performed yoeman service on many diversified missions in Southeast Asia. F105s flew more combat missions over North Vietnam than any other USAF aircraft and consequently suffered the heaviest losses in action. They dropped bombs by day and occasionally by night from high or low altitude and some later versions (F105D in Wild Weasel guise) attacked SAM sites with their radar tracking air-to-ground missiles. This versatile aircraft was also credited with downing 25 Russian MiGs. On September 21, 1966, Capt. Glendon L. Ammon was the pilot of an F105D in a flight of four F105s sent on a combat mission about 22 nautical miles northeast of Hanoi in the Sontay area. Ammon's aircraft was seen on fire from heavy anti-aircraft fire in the area, and other pilots in the flight confirm that Ammon radioed "I'm punching out." Others in the flight observed Ammon's parachute descend to the ground and a brief emergency radio beeper was heard. However, the area was so deep into enemy territory and heavily occupied by enemy troops, that no search and rescue attempts were conducted. Whether Ammon was actually captured is not known. However, his proximity to the enemy on the ground would seem to guarantee that he could be accounted for. One returnee told Glendon's family that he could "have been put into possibly another prison system" but did not explain this remark. Intelligence reports surfacing over the years during the war and following build a strong case for a well-organized second prison system, and a well orchestrated plan to keep prisoners within systems from intermingling. As it is widely believed that the Vietnamese withheld the release of many prisoners until peace agreement terms were met (specifically reconstruction aid), it is logical to assume that one prison system's inmates were released while another were held back for possible release at a later date. It is also logical to assume that the scenario might be played to its fullest, including convincing each man in a two man crew that had been separated, that the other was dead. In 1978 a Congressional delegation headed by Rep. G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery visited Hanoi with the purpose of laying to rest the POW/MIA issue. The Vietnamese turned a number of U.S. remains over to the delegation, including those of Glendon L. Ammon. The delegation gratefully accepted the remains and returned home with the word that no Americans were left in Vietnam...
. Full Name: GLENDON LEE AMMON Wall Name: GLENDON L AMMON Date of Birth: 10/30/1932 Date of Casualty: 9/21/1966 Home of Record: MUNCIE State: IN Branch of Service: AIR FORCE Rank: COL Casualty Country: NORTH VIETNAM Casualty Province: NZ Status: MIA The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for GLENDON LEE AMMON: I never knew you but have not forgotten you Posted by Kevin Sweeney, I wore his/her MIA bracelet You are not forgotten Colonel Posted by Dave McNeil grandpa Posted by john ammon, my grandpa grandpa Posted by We Remember Posted by Robert Sage Dad Posted by Lance Ammon, He is my father IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS TOP UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FIGHTER PILOT WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE Posted by CLAY MARSTON, Biographical Researcher If I should die...remembrances for COL. Glendon Lee AMMON, USAF...who died so we can live free!!!!!! ------- "Glendon is buried at Arlington Nat Cem." Posted by: Robert Sage Email: Relationship: Sunday, October 31, 2004 ------- "Even after all these years I haven't really come to grips with your loss. You are still missed and loved. Others want to know you, so in honor of your sense of duty and sacrifice, I will contact all." Posted by: Lance Ammon Email: Relationship: He is my father Friday, October 17, 2003 ------ "he is my grandfather. posted by john" Posted by: Email: Relationship: Monday, June 26, 2006 ------- "he is my grandfather. i will alway love you." Posted by: john ammon Email: Relationship: my grandpa Tuesday, July 4, 2006 ------- "Colonel Ammon, you are not forgotten Sir." Posted by: Dave McNeil Email: Relationship: Wednesday, April 4, 2007 ------ "I wore a MIA bracelet for years with your name on it, always wondering what happened to you. Though I may never know, I have never forgotten your name, or your sacrifice." Posted by: Kevin Sweeney Email: Relationship: I wore his/her MIA bracelet Tuesday, May 15, 2007 ------ From: Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 19:43:27 EDT "Back in 1970, I was 12 years old and wearing a pow-mia bracelet bearing the name Glendon Ammon. The date on Maj. Glendon Ammons bracelet reads 9-21-66. April 2002, I found his name on the internet stating his remains were returned in 1978.I always wondered when I would gain information, and if the return of his bracelet would be desired by a loved one. If you, or someone you know has been hoping for his bracelet to be returned, my email address is I would be more than happy to return the bracelet to a rightful owner. Thank you" --------
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