Uhls, Willis Grant, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1141E-Forward Air Controller
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1141E, 56th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1968 - 1971

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Spearfish, South Dakota

Casualty Date
Feb 11, 1971
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 098

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Association of Graduates USAFA
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
21st Tactical Air Support Squadron7th Air Force505th Tactical Control Group56th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1970, 1141E, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1969-1970, 1141E, 7th Air Force
  1969-1970, 1141E, 505th Tactical Control Group
  1970-1971, 1141E, 56th Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1971 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1964-1968, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-37 Dragonfly  O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
  1968-1969, A-37 Dragonfly
  1970-1971, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Uhls attended the USAF Academy, graduating in 1968. He was trained as a pilot at Luke Air Force Base, and became part of the FAC team in Vietnam in December 1969. He extended his service to train and fly with "the Ravens."  (details http://www.sdvietnamwarmemorial.com/uhlswillis.htm)

"Captain Uhls was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned to the Ambassador to Laos as a civilian. He flew the O-1 aircraft in the Barrel Roll area of northern Laos in support of General Vang Pao against the Pathet Lao and NVA forces. . . . "
Silver Star

First Lieutenant Willis G. Uhls distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 11 February 1971.

On that date, Lieutenant Uhls flew his aircraft under adverse conditions through intensive ground fire in support of free world forces. He con- tinously flew low passes through heavy and accurate antiaircraft and small arms fire to accurately mark the target, causing heavy damages against the opposing hostile forces positions and targets. Through his personal gallantry and enerr getic application of his knowledge and skill he significantly furthered the goal of the United States in Southeast Asia.

By his gallantry and devotion to duty in the dedication of his service to his country Lieutenant Uhls has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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