Means, William Harley, Jr., Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1978-1980, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1954 - 1980
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1935
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kansas City/Topeka, Kansas
Last Address
Hillsborough, Florida

Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1986
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Illness, Disease
Location
United States
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 11E Line 100/Section 59 Site 1275

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3525th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)3615th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)3645th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)3568th Navigator Training Squadron (Cadre)
30th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron4485th Test Squadron4416th Test Squadron
41st Tactical Reconnaissance SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing354th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1955-1956, 0006, 3525th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)
  1956-1956, 1351A, 3615th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)
  1956-1957, 1351A, 3645th Pilot Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1957-1959, 1351A, 3568th Navigator Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1960-1963, 30th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1963-1964, 1115A, 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1964-1965, 4485th Test Squadron
  1965-1965, 1341, 4416th Test Squadron
  1965-1966, 1115A, 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1966, 1115A, 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1973, Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1973-1974, 1421A, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1976-1978, 00066, 354th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1978-1980, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Campaign (1966)
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
 Colleges Attended 
Air War College
  1974-1975, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  EB-66 Destroyer  
  1956-1959, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1959-1966, EB-66 Destroyer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He joined the USAF Aviation Cadet Program Mar 22, 1954, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt and awarded his pilot wings at Williams AFB, AZ Jan 19, 1956. In SEA he served with the 41st TRS, 355th TFW, first at Da Nang AB, RVN,  Dec-Jun 1965, then at Takhli RTAFB, Thailand.
On Jul 20, 1966, his EB-66C (#54-0464) flew from Takhli on an electronic countermeasure mission over North Vietnam. The crew that day were:
Capt. Lawrence Barbay, EWO
Capt. Glendon W. Perkins, EWO
Capt. Norman A. McDaniel, EWO
Capt. William H. Means Jr., pilot
1Lt. Edward L. Hubbard, nav
1Lt. Craig R. Nobert, EWO

Near Tuyen Quang, Quang Bac Thai Province, North Vietnam his aircraft was hit by hostile fire then crashed and disintegrated. Col Means was on his 89th mission when he was shot down. He was captured and spent 2,400 days as a POW. He died in 1986 due to an illness resulting from that imprisonment.
   
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Sources:
https://www.pownetwork.org/bios/m/m108.htm

http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1009

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/123648439/william-harley-means

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/24550

https://www.ancestry.com
   
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