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Wallace Grant Newcomb

Date of birth: 27-Jul-40
Place of Birth: New York, Painted Post
Home of record: Painted Post New York
Status: POW

Wallace Newcomb was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on August 3, 1967, and was held until his release on March 14, 1973.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Wallace Grant Newcomb, United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in May 1969, while held Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. After a planned escape from the "Zoo Camp," the enemy launched a massive torture purge attempting to gain prisoner secrets and propaganda materials. Tortured well beyond the normal threshold of pain, Captain Newcomb continued to resist the enemy. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Newcomb has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May-69

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Wallace Grant Newcomb (AFSN: FV-3130931), United States Air Force, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in Southeast Asia.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Orders No. G-343 (1967)

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Wallace Grant Newcomb (AFSN: FV-3130931), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a combat aircrew member in Southeast Asia on 12 May 1967. On that date, Captain Newcomb demonstrated courage, undaunted determination and superior skill in pressing home a devastating air attack against hostile positions. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Newcomb reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Orders No. G-1538 (1967)

Action Date: May 12, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Wallace Grant Newcomb (AFSN: FV-3130931), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Combat Aircrew member in Southeast Asia on 13 May 1967. On that date, Captain Newcomb demonstrated courage, undaunted determination and superior skill in pressing home a devastating air attack against hostile positions. Persevering in the face of danger he relentlessly and effectively aided in neutralizing the hostile forces. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Newcomb reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Orders No. G-1538 (1967)

Action Date: May 13, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Wallace Grant Newcomb (AFSN: FV-3130931), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 Thunderchief Pilot over North Vietnam on 29 July 1967. On that date, Captain Newcomb attacked and heavily damaged the Dong Thon Railroad Siding located ten miles northwest of Hanoi. Even though an SA-2 missile was fired at Captain Newcomb from the Hanoi area, he elected to deliver his ordnance on target rather than take evasive maneuvers. Rolling stock and support buildings were destroyed in the attack denying a vital support link between Hanoi and the MiG base at Phuc Yen. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Newcomb reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: July 29, 1967

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Captain Wallace Grant Newcomb (AFSN: FV-3130931), United States Air Force, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from August 3, 1967 until his release on March 14, 1973.

Action Date: August 3, 1967 - March 14, 1973

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)