Baugh, William Joseph, Col

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1983-1991, 50th Space Wing
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1956 - 1981

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Home Town
Piqua, Ohio
Last Address
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date of Passing
Feb 19, 2010
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Air Force Retired

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Cold War Medal

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Last Known Activity
He spent 2,235 days as a POW in North Vietnam.
The location of his remains is unknown.

His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel William Joseph Baugh (AFSN: 0-670121), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the period 5 October 1967 through 29 May 1969, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. Lieutenant Colonel Baugh resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: October 3, 1967 to May 29, 1969
Service: Air Force
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

His DFC citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain William Joseph Baugh (AFSN: 0-670121), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4C Aircraft Commander near Kep Airfield, North Vietnam on 20 January 1967. On that date, Captain Baugh was flying defensive cover for several attacking aircraft. Undaunted by extremely intense anti-aircraft fire, Captain Baugh maintained on target until receiving a direct hit on his aircraft. Through outstanding perseverance, he then maneuvered the stricken aircraft to his home base and landed under marginal weather conditions on one engine. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Baugh reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: January 20, 1967
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain

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  1966-1967, 1021A, 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron

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480th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Pyle, Darrel Edwin, Maj, (1963-1974) 102 1021A First Lieutenant
Armstrong, John William, Col, (1949-1967) 111 1115F Lieutenant Colonel
Vinson, Bobby Gene, Col, (1950-1968) 111 1115A Lieutenant Colonel
Garner, Clyde Hoover, Brig Gen, (1951-1978) 111 1115F Major
Olds, Ernest Arthur, Col, (1956-1968) 111 1115A Major
Berger, James Robert, Lt Col, (1956-1984) 111 1115A Captain
Alfred, Gerald Oak, Maj, (1964-1966) 111 1115R First Lieutenant
Badley, James Lindsay, 1st Lt, (1965-1968) 111 1115F First Lieutenant
Borden, Murray Lyman, Maj, (1961-1966) 111 1111F First Lieutenant
Latham, Wilbur J., Col, (1962-1992) 111 1115F First Lieutenant
Rodriguez, Albert Eduardo, Capt, (1965-1968) 111 1115F First Lieutenant
Sijan, Lance Peter, Capt, (1965-1968) 111 1115R First Lieutenant
Adamson, Donald V., MSgt, (1954-1980) 462 46270 Master Sergeant
Kirkwood, James, MSgt, (1963-1984) 431 43199 Master Sergeant
Catlett, Donald, TSgt, (1955-1975) 431 43171C Staff Sergeant
Storey, Robert, Maj, (1962-1990) 702 70250 Sergeant
Upchurch, Richard, SSgt, (1966-1970) 431 43151C Sergeant
Turner, Harold, A1C, (1963-1967) 431 43151 Airman 1st Class
Foster, John, SSgt, (1966-1970) 431 43151C Airman 1st Class
Swords, Smith J., Col, (1950-1967) Major
Meadows, Eugene Thomas, Capt, (1962-1966) First Lieutenant
Wilson, Gordon Scott, Maj, (1962-1966) First Lieutenant
Crecca, Joseph, Maj, (1964-1978) Second Lieutenant
Martin, John Murray, Lt Col, (1955-1967) Captain
Wortham, Murray Lamar, Capt, (1964-1967) First Lieutenant
Hulland, Thomas, Sgt, (1966-1968) Sergeant

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