Bouchard, Philipe Ovide, Brig Gen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
7011-Administrative Staff Officer
Last AFSC Group
Administration
Primary Unit
1984-1986, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC)
Service Years
1955 - 1986
Brigadier General

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Home Town
Salem, Massachusetts
Last Address
Beavercreek, Ohio

Date of Passing
Jun 09, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Kettering, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 30 Block A Space D31

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BRIGADIER GENERAL PHILIPPE O. BOUCHARD

Retired   October 01,1986     Died  June 09,2010

 Brig. Gen. Philippe O. Bouchard is vice commander, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

General Bouchard was born in Salem, Mass., in 1932. He graduated from St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, Mass., in 1949. After spending two years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1955. In 1963 General Bouchard received a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Okla. He was a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1959. He also graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., in 1969; and the Canadian National Defence College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1975. 

The general attended pilot training at Moore Air Force Base, Texas, and Greenville Air Force Base, Miss. After receiving his pilot wings in 1956, he completed F-86D Combat Crew Training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas. 

In January 1957 he began a four-year assignment at Selfridge Air Force Base, Mich., as an interceptor pilot with the 94th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. He then entered the University of Oklahoma under an Air Force Institute of Technology program, received a master's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1963 and continued his graduate studies in that field until December 1964. From January 1965 through April 1966, General Bouchard performed research and development duties at the Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force. 

Transferring to the Republic of Vietnam in May 1966, he served as a forward air controller with the U.S. 25th Infantry Division. While serving with the "Tropic Lightning" Division, the general was air liaison officer for the 2nd and 196th brigades and assistant air operations officer for the division's Tactical Air Control Party. He flew 412 combat missions in O-l "Bird Dogs." 

Upon returning to the United States in May 1967, General Bouchard became an assistant professor of aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. After attending the Armed Forces Staff College, he was reassigned to the Air Force Academy and served as an associate professor of aeronautics through July 1974. From August 1974 to July 1975, General Bouchard was one of four Americans attending the Canadian National Defence College. 

In August 1975 he returned to the Aero Propulsion Laboratory as director of the Ramjet Engine Division and commanded the Aero Propulsion Laboratory, from July 1977 to September 1978. He then commanded the Air Force Materials Laboratory, also located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, until June 1979. For the next two years, the general served at Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel. In July 1981 he became commander of the Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y. Returning to Headquarters Air Force Systems Command in October 1983, General Bouchard became deputy chief of staff for science and technology. He assumed his present duties in September 1984. 

General Bouchard is a command pilot. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 14 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and Army Commendation Medal with "V" device. 

He was promoted to brigadier general Aug. 1, 1983, with same date of rank. 
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1973

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Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
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