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NameStutz, Leroy W.
BranchU. S. Air Force
Current StatusRetired
SquadronCS 08
Home TownEffingham
Home StateKS
High SchoolAtchison County Community High School
High School ActivitiesFootball, Basketball and Track,V-Pres, Sophmore and Junior Class. State Farmer of Kansas (FFA), Honorable mention Natl.Honor Soc,
Post High SchoolKansas Army National Guard for three years prior to entering the Academy, University of Washburn at Topeka for two semesters.
Academy ExperiencesCIC of Bowling Club, ¶.
Academic Degree MajorBS-USAFA¶MPA, Golden State
Active Duty Assignments Before CapturePilot Training, Craig AFB; 9th TRSq, Shaw AFB; Pilot 11 TR Sqdn, Udorn RTAB, Thailand
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationRF-4C copilot assigned to 11th Tac Recon Squadron, Udorn RTAB. when they were shot down.
Capture MissionFlying a 55-minute photo reconnaissance mission over YenBai, 25 NM northof Hanoi. During a pass over their target, aircraft was hit by 57mm ground fire and pilots ejected as their aircraft crashed near Yen Bai, 25 miles outside of Hanoi.
MIA Information and DatesWas immediately captured on shoot-down on 2 December 1966. However was carried as MIA until finally being placed in captured status on 9 August 1969.
Capture Date12/2/1966
POW Locations and DatesWas immediately captured after shoot-down on 2 December 1966 and immediately transported to Hanoi Hilton. Subsequently spent time in various prisons: New Guy Village, The Zoo, Little Las Vegas, the Power Plant, Dog Patch, Heartbreak Hotel, Son Tay and Skidrow.
Release Date3/4/1973
Rank at Capture1st Lt
Rank at ReleaseCapt
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleaseUSAFA AOC, Comm's Exec for Honor and Ethics; Maintenance officer, Squadron Commander, Deputy Commander Maintenance Wing, MacDill AFB: ACSC & AWC; Deputy Commander Maintenance 552 AWAC Wg, Tinker AFB; Vice Wing Commander/Wing Cmdr, Chanute Training Center, Chanute AFB, IL
Burial SiteN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingPilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsSilver Star (2), Legion of Merit (2), DFC, Bronze Star(V)(2), Purple Heart (2), MSM (5), Air Medal (6), POW Medal.¶1971 Mo-Kan Area Man of the Year
CommentsRetired June 1994 as a USAF Colonel. Married (1964) high school sweetheart,Karen,(began dating 1955)- still married and dating in 2012
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