Risner, James Robinson, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
00066-Air Commander
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1975-1976, Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center
Service Years
1943 - 1976
Officer Collar Insignia
Brigadier General

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Mammoth Spring
Last Address
Bridgewater, VA

Date of Passing
Oct 22, 2013
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Pacific Command Air Force Commander Commander Air Force Retired




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSHistorical Airmen
  1973, Nam-POWS
  2017, Historical Airmen [Verified]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

 I have read the bio for Brigadier Gen. Risner and I could not begin to tell you his story. So I will let the two citations that accompanied the two Air Force Crosses that he received during the Vietnam War tell a little bit about him. I salute you Gen.Risner and thank you Sir.

Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Risner
U.S. Air Force
67th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat RTAFB, Thailand
Date of Action: 3 and 4 April 1966

The President of the United States, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Robinson Risner, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 3 and 4 April 1965. On these dates Colonel Risner led two successive operations against vitally important and heavily defended targets. Performing in the role of air coordinator, Colonel Risner arrived over the target area before the main strike force, evaluated the effectiveness of each strike, redirected subsequent strikes, and provided flak suppression against defenses that would hinder delivery aircraft in the performance of their mission. On the initial attack, while exposing himself to heavy ground fire, with complete disregard for his personal safety, Colonel Risner's aircraft sustained a direct hit in the left forward bomb-bay area, filling the cockpit with smoke and fumes. He flew his badly damaged aircraft over heavily fortified hostile territory before successfully landing at a friendly airfield. On 4 April, he again led an attacking force of fighter aircraft on a restrike against the same target. Colonel Risner initiated the attack, directing his aircraft into the target in the face of heavy automatic ground fire. His aerial skill and heroic actions set an example for the others to follow. In the course of the operation, Colonel Risner's unit encountered the first MIG force committed in aerial combat against the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia. However, he refused to be diverted from his primary mission of completing the destruction of the assigned targets. Colonel Risner's actions not only deprived the communist force of its vital supply route and much needed equipment but further served to emphasize the high degree of U.S. determination in Southeast Asia. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship and aggressiveness, Colonel Risner reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Lieutenant Colonel James R. Risner
U.S. Air Force
For actions while a prisoner of war, U.S. Air Force
Date of Action: 31 October to 15 December 1965

The President of the United States, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Air Force Cross to James Robinson Risner, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 31 October to 15 December 1965. Through his extraordinary heroism and willpower, in the face of the enemy, Lieutenant Colonel Risner reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

   
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Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Risner U.S. Air Force
67th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat RTAFB, Thailand
Date of Action: 3 and 4 April 1966

The President of the United States, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Robinson Risner, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 3 and 4 April 1965. On these dates Colonel Risner led two successive operations against vitally important and heavily defended targets. Performing in the role of air coordinator, Colonel Risner arrived over the target area before the main strike force, evaluated the effectiveness of each strike, redirected subsequent strikes, and provided flak suppression against defenses that would hinder delivery aircraft in the performance of their mission. On the initial attack, while exposing himself to heavy ground fire, with complete disregard for his personal safety, Colonel Risner's aircraft sustained a direct hit in the left forward bomb-bay area, filling the cockpit with smoke and fumes. He flew his badly damaged aircraft over heavily fortified hostile territory before successfully landing at a friendly airfield. On 4 April, he again led an attacking force of fighter aircraft on a restrike against the same target. Colonel Risner initiated the attack, directing his aircraft into the target in the face of heavy automatic ground fire. His aerial skill and heroic actions set an example for the others to follow. In the course of the operation, Colonel Risner's unit encountered the first MIG force committed in aerial combat against the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia. However, he refused to be diverted from his primary mission of completing the destruction of the assigned targets. Colonel Risner's actions not only deprived the communist force of its vital supply route and much needed equipment but further served to emphasize the high degree of U.S. determination in Southeast Asia. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship and aggressiveness, Colonel Risner reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air National Guard (ANG)185th Tactical Fighter Group336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Rocketeers15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
50th Fighter Bomber Wing81st Fighter-Bomber Squadron34th Fighter-Day Squadron308th Tactical Fighter Squadron
United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)67th Tactical Fighter SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)4501st Tactical Fighter Replacement Squadron
832nd Air Division12th Air ForceAir Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center
  1946-1951, Oklahoma Air National Guard
  1951-1952, 185th Tactical Fighter Group
  1952-1953, 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Rocketeers
  1952-1953, 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1953-1953, 50th Fighter Bomber Wing
  1953-1956, 81st Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1956-1960, 34th Fighter-Day Squadron
  1956-1960, 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1961-1964, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)
  1964-1965, 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1965-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1974, 4501st Tactical Fighter Replacement Squadron
  1974-1975, 832nd Air Division
  1975-1975, 12th Air Force
  1975-1976, Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1951-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1965-1966 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)1
 Colleges Attended 
Air War College
  1960-1961, Air War College
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P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-39 Airacobra  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-86 Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-4 Phantom  
F-111 Aardvark  
  1944-1945, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1945, P-39 Airacobra
  1945-1946, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1946-1951, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1951-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1952-1954, F-86 Sabre
  1962-1965, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1973-1974, F-4 Phantom
  1974-1976, F-111 Aardvark
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