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PersonID19791580
NameGriffith, Thomas E. JR.
BranchU.S. Air Force
Current StatusRetired
Graduation1979
SquadronCS 01
Home TownSparta
Home StateNJ
High SchoolPope John High School
High School ActivitiesFootball, Altar Boy
Post High SchoolUSAFA Prep School, 1974-75
Academy ExperiencesYearbook Co-editor, Squadron Commander, 1st Squadron
Academic Degree MajorB.S. Military History, USAFA 1979
Active Duty Assignments Before CaptureNAV Trng, Mather AFB; F-4, Homestead AFB, FL; F-4E, Osan AFB.Korea; WSO F4-E, Ramstein AFB GE, ASTRA, Pentagon; WSO F-4, Seymore Johnson AFB; F-15E, Luke AFB;
Capture ConflictDesert Storm
Combat Information
Capture MissionA SAM downed their jet in western Iraq.
MIA Information and DatesShot down on 20 January 1991, evaded capture until 22 January. Initially listed in "Whereabouts Unknown" status, and then changed to MIA status and ultimately to POW status effective 22 January.
Capture Date1/22/1991
POW Locations and DatesPrimarily held in a central holding pen in Baghdad
Release Date3/4/1991
Rank at CaptureMaj
Rank at ReleaseMaj
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleaseDG, ACSC; U of North Carolina, PHD, History, Dean of Faculty, National War College; Director of Department of Defense National Security Studies Program, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington U.
Burial SiteN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingNavigator, Weapons Systems Operator
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & Awards1 DFC, 1 PH, 1 MSM, 2 AFCM, 1 JSAM, 1 POWM, 1 DSSM
CommentsRetired AF Colonel, 9-1-2008
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