Pogreba, Dean Andrew, Col

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1965-1965, 49th Fighter Wing
Service Years
1942 - 1965
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Home Town
Three Forks, Montana
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Casualty Date
Oct 05, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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02E 109

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolChina-Burma-India (CBI)4th Fighter WingAir Combat Command
7th Tactical Fighter Squadron36th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Fighting Fiends6441st Tactical Fighter Wing13th Air Force
United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)7th Air Force51st Fighter Wing49th Fighter Wing
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1953-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter Wing
  1961-1963, Air Combat Command
  1961-1963, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1965-1965, 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Fighting Fiends
  1965-1965, 6441st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1965-1965, 13th Air Force
  1965-1965, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1965-1965, 7th Air Force
  1965-1965, 51st Fighter Wing
  1965-1965, 49th Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1965-1965 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
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C-46 Commando  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  F-86 Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1944-1946, C-46 Commando
  1944-1946, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1951-1954, F-86 Sabre
  1961-1965, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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Air Force Cross with "V" device

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 [then Major] Dean Andrew Pogreba United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an F-105D aircraft while serving on temporary duty with the 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, in action in Southeast Asia on 5 October 1965.

On that date, Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba participated as a pilot and mission coordinator for a strike against a highly significant military target. Despite the extreme difficulty of overcast cloud layers, haze, and rain showers, Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba flew at low level through mountain passes to the target area while encountering devastating automatic weapons and anti-aircraft artillery fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba climbed to 9,000 feet into over-hanging clouds, which made him highly vulnerable to the hostile ground fire, and delivered his ordnance directly on the target. Lieutenant Colonel Pogreba then emerged from the clouds and though still subjected to intensive ground fire, assisted the other members of his flight in their weapons deliver, assuring complete destruction of this vital target.

His courageous actions and determination are in keeping with the highest traditions of the American fighting man under attack by an opposing armed force. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Major Pogreba reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: October 5, 1965
Service: Air Force
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Company: 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TDY)
Division: Yokota Air Base, Japan

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