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NameGauntt, William A.
BranchU.S. Air Force
Current StatusRetired
SquadronCS 26
Home TownMt. Pleasant
Home StateTX
High SchoolMt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant, TX.
High School ActivitiesFootball, Basketball, Track, Natl Honor Soc, Civics Award Explorer Scouts
Post High SchoolUSAF Academy Prep School
Academy ExperiencesBasketball, Baseball Manager, Comm's List(1) Cadet Flt Cmdr, Engineering Club
Academic Degree MajorBS-Civil Engineering 1968¶MS-Civil Engrng, AFIT 1977¶SOS(C)-1971, ACSC(C)-1976, AFSC-1981
Active Duty Assignments Before CapturePltTng,ReeseAFB TX, Inst Plt4750thTFSq,Tyndall AFB,FL, Plt TRSq,Shaw AFB, SC, Plt 14TRSq, Udorn AB, Thai
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationSEA Tour Commenced 15 Nov, 1871
Capture MissionOn 11 Aug, 1972, Capt Gauntt's RF-4C was downed by hostile fire while on a reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam forcing the crew to eject. Voice communication was established, then lost with Capt Gauntt
MIA Information and DatesDeclared MIA on 13 Aug,1972¶Changed to captured status on 29 Jan, 1973
Capture Date8/13/1972
POW Locations and DatesVarious locations in and around Hanoi, NVN
Release Date3/27/1973
Rank at CaptureCapt
Rank at ReleaseCapt
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleaseInstPlt F/RF-4C 45thTRSq, StndEval/FltExmnr 12th AF, BergstromAFB, TX,Stu AFIt,W-PattAFB,OH,CivEngr, HqTAC LangleyAFB,VA, AirSpace Mgmt,HqUSAF,LegLiaison HqUSAF, Plt RF-4C/ChSafety 26thTRWg,DptyBase Cmdr 26thCmbtSptGp,ZweibruckenAB,Ger,DptyCh AirSpace/AirTraffic,HqUSAF, ProMgr,Dir,V-PresDOD Prgms.IntlTechCorp,Knoxville,TN,Dir.SE Region,Wash.Gp,OakRidge,TN,VPBusDvlmt,SAIC,Lookout Mtn,Tn
Burial SiteN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsDFC(3),BS,PH92),MSM(2),AM(9),AFCM(2)
CommentsRetire as Lt.Col.
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