Gregory, Robert Raymond, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115E-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1949 - 1966
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Last Address
North Vietnam

Casualty Date
Dec 02, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cape County Memorial Park - Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13E 005

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 Unit Assignments
Army National Guard (ARNG)School Assignments318th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron512th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
9th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-JetPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1949-1954, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1954-1955, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1955-1955, 1021A, 318th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1956-1959, 1021A, 512th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1965-1966, 9th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1966, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1966-1966, 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet
  1966-1966, Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1966-1966, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1955-1959, F-86 Sabre
  1966-1966, RF-4C Phantom II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Then Captain Gregory was on his 65th mission in an RF-4C Phantom II (#65-0829 ) flying out of Udorn Airbase, Thailand with the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron.  He and his co-pilot, 1st Lt. Leroy W. Stutz had been deployed from Shaw AFB. They had begun their tour in July 1966.

During a pass over their target, their aircraft was hit by 57mm AAA ground fire, and the two ejected as their aircraft crashed in the outskirts of Yen Bai, North Vietnam.  Both he and his co-pilot were captured.  Captain Gregory subsequently died under NV treatment in Hanoi.

"On December 2, 1966, Gregory and Stutz were assigned a 55 minute photo reconnaissance mission over Hanoi, North Vietnam. During a pass over their target, their aircraft was hit, and the two ejected as their aircraft crashed in the outskirts of Hanoi. After landing, the two established voice contact with each other, and both were captured. Stutz said that he had seen Bob Gregory several times the day of their capture, but Gregory was unconsicous. Both men were transported to the Hoa Lo detention facility ("Hanoi Hilton") in Hanoi in the same truck and arrived on the same day they were shot down. Stutz never saw Gregory again."

He was promoted to Lt. Col. while in POW status.

His remains were returned Mar 2,1988.


His Silver Star Citation:
Captain Robert R. Gregory distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Hanoi, North Vietnam on 23 November 1966. On that date, Captain Gregory, despite extremely hazardous conditions, reconnoitered the Dap Cau Railroad and Highway Bridge near Hanoi. This night, low level mission imposed great demands upon the resources and capabilities of the pilot. Exposing himself for fifty-five minutes over hostile territory in a highly sophisticated and lethal anti-aircraft defense structure, Captain Gregory displayed outstanding determination in successfully obtaining the required intelligence on their assigned target. This intelligence was instrumental in restricting the flow of vital materials transported on the railroad leading northwest from Hanoi to Communist China. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Gregory has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

 
   
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Sources:

http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1903



https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=143313873



http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=47312



http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/F-4_PHANTOM_USA/f4_phantom_US_1966.htm 



http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/project/pow/pow_g.htm


   
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