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ROBERT DALE ANDERSON


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Brave Pilot

    Posted on 2/27/18 - by Dean Carter christopherdeancarter@gmail.com
    LTC. Robert D. Anderson(Service Years 1953-1972),pilot and 1Lt.George F.Latella, weapons systems officer comprised an F4E Phantom fighter jet of the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon Airfield, Thailand. On October 6, 1972, Anderson and Letella were dispatched from Ubon on a mission northwest of Hanoi near the city of Son Tay. This region had been heavily attacked by U.S. aircraft in Operation Rolling Thunder, concentrating on major supply lines to Hanoi. The city of Son Tay had been the site of a late November 1970 rescue attempt of American POWs. The mission, while successful, had not freed any POWs. Anderson's F4 was hit by hostile fire and he and Latella ejected from the crippled aircraft. A good parachute was observed and voice contact was established on the ground. Anderson and Latella both had landed safely on the ground, although separated by several hundred yards. LTC. Anderson radioed, "I have a good parachute, am in good shape and can see no enemy forces on the ground." Latella was immediately taken captive. Radio Hanoi reported that "a number of U.S. pilots" were captured that same day, yet Anderson and Latella's plane was the only one shot down in North Vietnam that day. Latella was released with 590 other American POWs in 1973, but the communist government of Vietnam denies any knowledge of Robert D. Anderson. LTC. Robert D. Anderson was promoted to Colonel while listed as MIA. When the POW's were released during Operation Homecoming in 1973 and the Col. was not among them, his status was changed to Missing, presumed dead, Body not Recovered.INFO:www.pownetwork.org/bios/a/a077.htm
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/25/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Colonel Robert Dale Anderson, Served with the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
  • Col. Robert D. Anderson USAF

    Posted on 10/19/17 - by Chuck Tetreau charlestetreau@yahoo.com
    I bought a bracelet with Robert's name on it in 1987. Wore it for 5 years until my work changed. I could not work with high voltage wearing metal on my hands or body. I recently talked with the post Commander at the May O'Brian post in Port Huron and he suggested seeing if some one in the family might want it.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 9/8/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR COLONEL ANDERSON,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A PILOT- TACTICAL FIGHTER (F-4 PHANTOM II - VARIOUS)/ AS A CHRISTMAS BABY, YOU WERE THE GIFT. I AM GLAD YOU WERE FOUND IN 1998. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Remembering my Father, Hero, and Best Friend

    Posted on 7/16/16 - by Daughter of Col. Robert D. Anderson noosphere2013@gmail.com
    Remembering you always for the father you were, the mentor you are, and for the spirt you left behind. Your legacy lives on in your children, grandchildren, and the hearts you left behind. I will never forget you. You are my hero forever!

    In honor of Col. Robert D. Anderson (MIA-KIA, 10-6-72) and Capt. Allen U. Graham (MIA-KIA, 10-17-1972), the Founding Fathers of 'Vietnam: A Daughter's Journey' https://www.facebook.com/JourneyToVietnam/.

    Never forget our fathers ultimate sacrifice!
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