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
Not Specified
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Cold War Medal

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  1973, Nam-POWS

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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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  1978-1981, 7311, Peterson Air Force Base

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He was Director of Personnel for the base until his retirement from the AF, May 15, 1981.

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White, Richard, MSgt, (1978-1994) 571 57150 Airman 1st Class
Dietterick, Frank, TSgt, (1974-1994) 612 Technical Sergeant
Bryant, James, SSgt, (1977-1990) 1C Staff Sergeant
Ainsworth, Howard, SrA, (1975-1979) 00 Senior Airman
Blasingame, Mary, A1C, (1979-1981) 116 Airman 1st Class
Barstad, Stuart E., Maj Gen, (1955-1988) Brigadier General
Parker, Nathaniel J., CMSgt, (1966-1994) Master Sergeant

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