Cobeil, Earl Glenn, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575A-Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Primary Unit
1967-1970, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1956 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pontiac, Michigan
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1970
Hostile, Died while Captured
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
29E Line 23

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Navigator Observer (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Force Reserve Command Air Training Command343rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron38th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
64th Bombardment Squadron, Medium43rd Bombardment Wing, Medium355th Tactical Fighter Wing333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1956-1957, Air Force Reserve Command
  1957-1958, Air Training Command
  1958-1962, 1571, 343rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
  1962-1963, 38th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
  1963-1966, 64th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1963-1966, 43rd Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1967-1967, 1575A, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1967, 1575A, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1970, POW North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Air Command and Staff College
  1966-1967, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RB-47 Stratojet  B-58 Hustler  F-105G  Wild Weasel  
  1958-1963, RB-47 Stratojet
  1963-1966, B-58 Hustler
  1967-1967, F-105G Wild Weasel1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
After being shot down and captured, he was severely beaten and tortured by Cuban and North Vietnamese prison guards.  At some point he died from the extreme mistreatment. His remains were returned to the US Mar 6, 1974. His gravesite in Arlington is Section 11, Grave 113-1.

His AF cross citation:

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Earl Glenn Cobeil (AFSN: 0-61453A), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 5 November 1970 until his death while still in captivity on or about 5 November 1970. During this period, Lieutenant Colonel Cobeil demonstrated his extremely strong personal fortitude and maximum persistence in the face of severe enemy harassment and torture, suffering critical injuries and wounds. Through his extraordinary heroism and willpower, in the face of the enemy, Lieutenant Colonel Cobeil reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: November 5, 1967 - November 5, 1970

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


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