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NameReich, William J
BranchU.S. Air Force
Current StatusRetired
Home TownClinton
Home StateWI
High SchoolClinton Community High School, Clinton, WI.
High School ActivitiesFootball, Basketball, NatlHonorSoc, Community Chorus
Post High SchoolEnlisted USAF/ATC as A/3C 15 Jul, 1965
Academy ExperiencesCadet Chorale, ProtChoir, Radio Club
Academic Degree MajorBS-ElecEngrng USAF Academy 1970¶MS-ElecEngrng WiscUniv 1982¶ACSC(S) 1979
Active Duty Assignments Before CaptureNavTng,MatherAFB,CA,WSO,F-4D,434thTFSq, GeorgeAFB,CA,WSO,F-4D,555thTFSqUdornAB,Thai
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationSEA Tour Commenced 31 December,1971
Capture MissionF-4D was struck by hostile fire in aerial combatwith enemy forces, forcing both crew members to eject. Two good parachutes were seen and voice contact was established with Lt. Reich on the ground. He stated he had a broken leg. Darkness and weather prevented rescue.
MIA Information and DatesReported MIA on 11 May, 1972¶Changed to Captured on 13 Nov, 1972
Capture Date5/11/1972
POW Locations and DatesVarious locations in and around Hanoi,NVN
Release Date3/28/1973
Rank at Capture1st Lt
Rank at Release1st Lt
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleaseConvalescentLeave,Writ-PatAFB,OH,PltTng,VanceAFB,OK,Plt,F-4, 311stTFTSq,LukeAFB,AZ,InstPlt,F-4,613thTFSq, TorrejonAB,SP,Plt,YankeeAviation, Beloit,WI, Stu,WiscUniv,APG-63(V)3 ProgMgr/SrEngr,BoeingCorp,StLouis,MOSrEngr,
Burial SiteN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingNavigator Command Pilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsDFC(2),BS,PH,AM(8),MSM,AFCM
CommentsResigned as Captain 31 March, 1979¶Reserve Commission as Captain 1979¶Resigned as ANG LtCol, 1 August, 1998
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