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NameHill, Howard J.
BranchU. S. Air Force
Current StatusRetired
SquadronCS 20
Home TownEl Paso
Home StateTX
High SchoolRantoul Township H. S., Rantoul, IL
High School ActivitiesFootball Manager
Post High School
Academy ExperiencesDodo Staff
Academic Degree MajorUSAFA - B.S., no major,¶Central Michigan University, MA, Management and Supervision
Active Duty Assignments Before CapturePilot Training, Laughlin AFB TX; F-4 upgrade training; F-4D, 555 Tac Fighter Squadron, Ubon AB, Thailand.
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationPreviously earned Silver Star for a mission on 24 Oct 1967.
Capture MissionEarly morning escort mission into the most highly defended area of the hostile forces. Exposed to continuous hostile artillery fire and made repeated attacks against a superior number of hostile aircraft to insure success of the primary mission.A MIG 21 fired an air-to-air missile into his aircraft, forcing ejection. Parachuted into a heavily populated area northeast of Hanoi and transported to the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
MIA Information and DatesAltlhough captured immediately, was carried as MIA until 5 August 1968. His pilot was released from captivity on 4 August 1968 and confirmed that Lt Hill was a POW
Capture Date12/16/1967
POW Locations and DatesHanoi Hilton Dec 16 1967 until March 14 1973
Release Date3/14/1973
Rank at Capture1st Lt
Rank at ReleaseCapt
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleasePilot 1402 MASq, Andrews AFB; ACSC; Manpower and Organization, HQ MAC, Scott AFB; 20th MASq, Charleston AFB; Wing Operational Training, 437 MAW, Charleston AFB; Principal Advisor to SECDEF on POW/MIA Affairs, The Pentagon; Special Assistant to DIA
Burial SiteN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsSilver Star (2), Defense Superior Srvice Medal, Legion of Merit, DFC, Bronze Star with "V" (2), Purple Heart (2), MSM (2), Air Medal (8), AFCM (2), POW medal
CommentsRetired 1 July 1989 as a Colonel
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