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NameLeonard, Edward, W. Jr.
BranchU.S. Air Force
Current StatusDeceased
SquadronCS 09
Home TownWinlock
Home StateWA
High SchoolWinlock Public High School
High School ActivitiesFootball, Basketball, Track,Boy Scouts (Eagle), Honor Roll, Yearbook Staff, Boy's State, Class VP.
Post High SchoolNone
Academy ExperiencesBowmen's Club, Judo Club
Academic Degree MajorBS - Unspec USAFA 1960¶MPA - Auburn Univ 1974 ¶JD - Texas Univ 1982
Active Duty Assignments Before CapturePlt Tng, Spence AB Ga. 1960¶Vance AFB, OK. 1961¶Plt. 64 TpCWg, Dyess AFB. TX. 1961-63¶Plt. 7406 SptSq, Rhein MainAB. Ger. 1963-67¶Plt.602 TFSq. Udorn AB, Thai 1967-68
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationSEA Tour comenced 12 May,1967
Capture MissionOn 31 May, 1968, Leonard's A-1E was struck by hostile fire while on a rescue cover mission over flying a resue mission for Streetcar 304 over Laos. Capt. Leonard bailed out and was able to avoid capture for two days
MIA Information and DatesReported as MIA on 31 May, 1968, the status was changed to "captured" on 2 Feb, 1973 SRO 1968-1971
Capture Date6/2/1968
POW Locations and DatesVarious locations in Laos (Portholes & Farnsworth) Plantation Gardens 1971-1973
Release Date3/28/1973
Rank at CaptureCapt
Rank at ReleaseMaj
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleaseUniv of Auburn-1973, ACSC-1974,10TRWg C Tac&Tng DIV/RF-4RAF Alconbury, UK, Hq 3rd AF, 1976-1978, C FtrPlns, 602TACC, Texas Univ Law School, Law Clk JW Ledbetter, Austin, TX, Aty,Astoria, OR.198292, Mayor, City of Ilwaco, WA, 1993-2001.
Burial SiteUSAFA
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsSS(4),LM,DFC(3)BS,PH(2)MSM,AM(19),AFCM
CommentsSEA Tour Commenced 12 May, 1967¶Retired as Lt. Col. 1980¶Passed away 11November, 2014 Congestive Heart Failure,Portland,OR. VA Hospital
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