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PersonID19704740
NameTrimble, Jack R.
BranchU.S. Air Force
Current StatusRetired
Graduation1970
SquadronCS 07
Home TownSumter
Home StateSC
High SchoolCulver Military Academy
High School ActivitiesFootball, Baseball, Swimming, and Track. ROTC
Post High SchoolUSAFA Prep School 1965-66.
Academy ExperiencesSwimming - 4 year letter winner, Ski Club, Dance Committee and Art Club.
Academic Degree MajorUSAFA - BS, General Studies; New Mexico State, MA, International Relations
Active Duty Assignments Before CaptureNav Training, Mather AFB, CA; WSO, George AFB, CA; WSO, 13th TFSq, Udorn RTAB, Thailand.
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationFlew 175 combat missions with 82 of those over North Vietnam as a F-4D Weapon Systems Officer assigned to the 13th Tac Fighter Squadron at Udorn RTAB, Thailand.
Capture MissionOn 27 December 1972, participated in a mission as 4 F-4Ds provided air cover to a strike force of A-7 Corsairs on a mission over Hanoi. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire, numerous SAMs,and engaging and diverting hostile aircraft, the strike force completed thier mission successfully. Trimble's aircraft hit by MIG - 21 fire.
MIA Information and DatesBailed out on 27 December and landed near a Nort Vietnam village. Rapidly discovered by a farmer and his wife, and shortly thereafter taken prisioned by 20-30 armed Vietnamese. Taken that night to Hanoi Hilton and released with the last group of POWs on 29 March 1973.
Capture Date12/27/1972
POW Locations and DatesHanoi Hilton, 27 Dec 1972 - 29 March 1973
Release Date3/29/1973
Rank at Capture1st Lt
Rank at Release1st Lt
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleasePilot Training, William AFB; Pilot F-4C, Luke AFB; Pilot F-4E, Seymour Johnson AFB; Pilot F-4E, Elmendorf AFB; Pilot and Chief of Plans, Holloman AFB; AOC, USAFA; F-4E,Pilot, Moody AFB; Vice Commander, Saudia Arabia; Director Operations, 8 ASOG, Moheringen GW; FedEx Pilot
Burial SiteN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross (4), Bronze Star with Valor (V), Purple Heart, MSM (3), Air Medals (15), AFCM (2), Prisioner of War Medal
CommentsRetired, Lt Col, 1990
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