Grubb, Wilmer Newlin, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1966, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1955 - 1966
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Aldan, PA
Last Address
Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam
North Vietnam as POW

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1966
Hostile, Died while Captured
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 097

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments337th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron38th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron29th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
20th Tactical Reconnaissance SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1955-1956, 0006, Pilot Training Classes 40- thru 49- (PBOC/ENJJPT/JSUPT/UPT/JSTAR/JSUNT/UNT)
  1956-1960, 337th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1960-1964, 38th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1964-1965, 29th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1965-1966, 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1966, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  1951-1955, Pennsylvania State University, University Park1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  T-34 Mentor  F-86 Sabre  F-104 Starfighter  
F-84 Thunderjet  RF-101C Voodoo  
  1955-1956, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1955-1956, T-34 Mentor
  1956-1960, F-86 Sabre
  1956-1960, F-104 Starfighter
  1960-1964, F-84 Thunderjet
  1965-1966, RF-101C Voodoo
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Newt Grubb was born on August 14, 1932, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. He was Commissioned through the Air Force ROTC Program at Penn State University on January 31, 1955, and went on active duty beginning May 7, 1955. Grubb graduated from (UPT) Undergraduate Pilot Training and was awarded his pilots wings at Webb AFB, Texas in June 1956. After advanced flying Training in the F-86 Sabre, he was assigned to the 337th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Westover AFB, Massashusetts, from Dec. 56 to Dec. 1960. He transitioned to the F-104 Starfighter while serving with the 337TH. Capt. Grubb then transferred to the 38th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, first at Toul-Rosieres AB, France and then to Ramstein AB Germany where he served until 1964. During this time he flew the RF-84 Thunderstreak and the RF-101 Voodoo. He then served with the 29th Tactical Reconniassance Squadron at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, from August 1964 to November 1965 when he deployed to Southeast Asia. On January 26, 1966, Capt.  Grubb while piloting an RF-101C-65-MC Voodoo Reconniassance aircraft tail number 56-084 for the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Tan Son Nhut AB in the Republic of South Vietnam when  after receiving ground fire  he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken Prisoner of War. He was reported by the Communist North Vietnamese government to have died in Captivity on Feburary 4, 1966, and his remains were returned to the United States on March 13, 1974. Newt Grubb was promoted to Major and then Lt.Colonel during the time he was listed as a POW. He and his wife Evelyn are buried together at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C.


On January 26, 1965 Capt. Grubb was the pilot of an unarmed RF-101C Voodoo Reconnaissance Aircraft sent on an unarmed photo reconnaissance mission over Quang Binh Provance, North Vietnam. The flight occured during the Christmas bombing halt. As Capt Grubb's aircraft was about twenty miles south of the city of Quang Khe, it experianced difficulty in gaining altitude and crashed into a hillside.  The next day the communist News Agency began to publicizing the capture of Newt Grubb, followed closely by the Hanoi propaganda machine. On 3 Feb., Radio Hanoi broadcast statemant attributed to him and on Feburary 7th there was another broadcast, this time in Grubb's voice. Beginning Feburary 10th , photographs of him appeared in Communist countries around the world. He appeared healthy except for a wound to the leg;  But four years later, Hanoi announced that he died nine days after capture, " as a result of injuries in the crash"....before the pictures were published anywhere.


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