Baugh, William Joseph, Col

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1983-1991, 50th Space Wing
Service Years
1956 - 1981

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Home Town
Piqua, Ohio
Last Address
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date of Passing
Feb 19, 2010
Location of Interment
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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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  1974-1978, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

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He was on the staff at HQ NORAD.

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North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

Chang, George Choy Wong, Maj, (1958-1986) [Other Service Rank]
Miller, Michael, SA, (1973-1984) Sergeant
James, Daniel, Gen, (1942-1978) General
Allery, Kenneth Edward, Brig Gen, (1944-1976) 04 0046 Brigadier General
Winn, David William, Brig Gen, (1942-1978) 200 2 Brigadier General
Randerson, John Trempor, Maj Gen, (1951-1982) Colonel
Hockert, Charles, Lt Col, (1962-1981) 201 2011 Lieutenant Colonel
Boaman, Dick, Col, (1962-1989) 171 1716 Major
Marchon, Donald, Maj, (1955-1975) 102 1021A Major
Stokes, R. Kirk, Maj, (1956-1981) 661 6616 Major
Winn, Robert, Maj, (1952-1977) 303 3034 Major
Bergquist, Ronald, Col, (1968-1995) 805 8054 Captain
Elsass, Jr., Robert, Col, (1969-1993) 792 7924 Captain
Grandpre, Roger, Maj, (1953-1982) 306 3064 Captain
Moore, William, Capt, (1956-1978) Captain
Adams, John, Lt Col, (1968-1994) 171 First Lieutenant
Gombert, Michael, SMSgt, (1960-1982) 303 30393 Senior Master Sergeant
Hubbard, Larmie, SMSgt, (1954-1981) 306 30690 Senior Master Sergeant
Hyde, Walter, MSgt, (1971-2005) 3E Master Sergeant
Bowers, Jesse, MSgt, (1955-1979) 276 27670 Master Sergeant
Chase, Richard, MSgt, (1960-1980) 791 79171 Master Sergeant
Hamilton, Danny, SMSgt, (1959-1987) 761 76190 Master Sergeant
Murillo, Eulogio, MSgt, (1954-1976) 687 68790 Master Sergeant
Penick, James, MSgt, (1955-1976) 292 29251 Master Sergeant
Sandifer, Dorne W., MSgt, (1967-1987) 511 51170 Master Sergeant
Calkins, Terry, TSgt, (1955-1975) 273 27370 Technical Sergeant
Crawford, Mark, SSgt, (1968-1976) 811 81170 Technical Sergeant
Hoffman, James, 1stSgt, (1961-1985) 702 70270A Technical Sergeant
Jessee, Bill, TSgt, (1960-1980) 650 65070 Technical Sergeant
Lemen, Eugene, TSgt, (1962-1983) 222 22251 Technical Sergeant
Ainsley, Johnnie, Maj, (1971-1993) 276 27630 Staff Sergeant
Bushart, James, TSgt, (1972-1986) 705 Staff Sergeant
Connolly, Stephen, SSgt, (1974-1980) Staff Sergeant
Connolly, Stephen, SSgt, (1974-1980) 511 51150 Staff Sergeant
Davis, Richard, SSgt, (1978-1982) 543 54350 Staff Sergeant
Doty, Dennis, SMSgt, (1964-1997) 511 51170 Staff Sergeant
Durham, Larry, SSgt, (1971-1978) 276 27670 Staff Sergeant
Holley, Frederick, SSgt, (1973-1983) 511 51170 Staff Sergeant
Jones, Gregory, SSgt, (1973-1979) 306 30670 Staff Sergeant
Miller, Michael, SA, (1973-1984) 276 27672 Staff Sergeant
Minchin, Nancy, MSgt, (1974-1998) 812 81250 Staff Sergeant
Musgrove, Fred, SSgt, (1971-1977) 305 30574 Staff Sergeant
Sage, Hugh, MSgt, (1976-1996) 276 27670 Staff Sergeant
Hartman, William, SrA, (1974-1977) 305 30554 Senior Airman
Gaud, Pablo, SrA, (1973-1977) 276 27650 Senior Airman
Allen, Ronald, Sgt, (1964-1978) 871 87150G Sergeant
Berghaus, Boyd, Sgt, (1973-1977) 811 81150 Sergeant
Marcelle, Douglas, Sgt, (1973-1977) 811 81150 Sergeant
Romens, Alan, MSgt, (1972-2002) 811 81152 Sergeant
Reynolds, Jim, Sgt, (1974-1978) 811 81150A Sergeant
Freeman, David, SSgt, (1976-1980) 276 27630 Airman 1st Class
George, Johnnie, TSgt, (1972-1990) 291 29150 Airman 1st Class
Baxter, David, A1C, (1975-1977) 811 81150 Airman 1st Class
Catron, John, A1C, (1976-1981) 276 27630 Airman 1st Class
Still, Warren, SrA, (1976-1980) 305 30534 Airman 1st Class
Raymond, Daniel, Sgt, (1971-1975) 305 30553 Airman 1st Class
Cunningham, Jolene, Airman, (1975-Present) 00 00000 Airman
21st NORAD Region

Appleton, Bob, Maj, (1970-1990) 174 1744D Major
Petruzzelli, Mario, Maj, (1954-1978) 00 Major

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