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NameBeekman, William D.
BranchU.S. Air Force
Current StatusRetired
SquadronCS 23
Home TownToledo
Home StateOH
High SchoolRoy C. Start High School, Toledo, OH.
High School ActivitiesNatl Honor Society, Basketball, Track, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Various Science & Math Awards
Post High School
Academy ExperiencesTrack, Lacrosse, Boxing, Ski Club,Softball, Aero Club, Math Club, Water Ski Club, Dean's List(3)
Academic Degree MajorBS-Astro USAFA¶MS-Astro Engrng AFIT Wright-Patterson AFB, OH¶MA-Mgmt Webster College Scott Afb. IL¶SOS(R) 1973¶ACSC(S)¶AWC(S)¶NSM(S)
Active Duty Assignments Before CaptureNavTng, Mather AFB, CA, WSO/SimInst, F-4C 45TFSq, MacDill AFB, FL, WSO F-4C 421TFSq Danang AB So Vietnam
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationSEA Tour Commenced 22 Nov, 1971
Capture MissionOn 24 June, 1972, Beekman's F-4C sustained heavy damage from intense hostile fire forcing both crewmembers to eject. Good Parachutes were seen and beepers heard on the ground. Rescue was prevented by hostile fire
MIA Information and DatesCarried as MIA from 24 June, 1972 until 1 July, 1972
Capture Date
POW Locations and DatesVarious Locations in and around Hanoi, NVN
Release Date3/28/1973
Rank at CaptureCapt
Rank at ReleaseCapt
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleaseSTu Plt Tng, 82nd FTWg, Williams AFB, AZ, Plt/Inst/Flt ExmrC-9, 11AASq Scott AFB,IL,Stu, AFIT, WPAFB, OH, OpsOff Det2 1401st T-39/C-21 MASq WPAFB, OH, ChTacLaser Analyst/SecC Concepts&Requirements, AFWL, KirtlandAFB, NM, ActionO/DirOpnsReqmts DCSRes&ACQ, HqUSAF, Wash DC,NucBr/DirAdvPgm/AsstSecAFAcquisitions, Pentagon, Wash,DC,SnrAssoc/BoozAllen&Hamilton, Dayton, OH, Dir SUrviac, WPAFB, OH,CEO Pulmonary Analytic Labs Inc, OH.
Burial SiteN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingNavigator, Senior Pilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsDFC(2), BS, PH(2), MSM(4) AM(9), AFCM(3), AFAM
CommentsMed Ret LtCol(O-5) 6 Dec, 1987
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