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VICTOR JOE APODACA JR


is honored on Panel 21E, Line 75 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank you

    Posted on 9/15/18 - by Catherine
    I wore the bracelet with your name on it for years until it broke. I will always remember you and pray for you and your family. Thank you for loving our country and serving it so faithfully.
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  • Wonderful Instructor

    Posted on 8/6/18 - by Tallmadge J. Haas, USAF Ret Major, UPT Class 66E, Feb 1966 talhaas@msn.com
    I was a member of UPT Class 66E at Laredo AFB, Texas and he was one of my pilot training instructors. He was a very dedicated and personable instructor. I enjoyed his professionalism and extreme diligence to making me the best pilot I could be.Rest In Peace brother airman.
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  • Air Medal Citation

    Posted on 6/8/18 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Victor Joe Apodaca

    DATE OF BIRTH: May 31, 1937
    PLACE OF BIRTH:
    Sheridan, Colorado
    HOME OF RECORD:
    Englewood, Colorado

    Victor Joe Apodaca graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Class of 1971. He was the first Spanish-American-Navajo Indian to attend the Academy. In 2001 his remains were recovered and returned.

    Air Medal
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Air Force
    GENERAL ORDERS:

    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Air Medal (Posthumously) to Captain Victor Joe Apodaca, Jr., United States Air Force, for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight as a combat crew member in Southeast Asia from 20 May 1967 to 8 June 1967. During this period, outstanding airmanship and courage were exhibited in the successful accomplishment of important missions under extremely hazardous conditions including the continuous possibility of hostile ground fire. His highly professional efforts contributed materially to the mission of the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Apodaca reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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  • Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

    Posted on 6/8/18 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Victor Joe Apodaca

    DATE OF BIRTH: May 31, 1937
    PLACE OF BIRTH:
    Sheridan, Colorado
    HOME OF RECORD:
    Englewood, Colorado

    Victor Joe Apodaca graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Class of 1971. He was the first Spanish-American-Navajo Indian to attend the Academy. In 2001 his remains were recovered and returned.

    Distinguished Flying Cross
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Air Force
    GENERAL ORDERS:
    Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Order G-1215 (August 16, 1967)
    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Victor Joe Apodaca, Jr., United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F4C Aircraft Commander in Southeast Asia on 30 May 1967. On that date, Captain Apodaca suppressed a hostile force that were engaging friendly troops. Undaunted by the heavy automatic weapons fire, Captain Apodaca made repeated passes on the hostile position. As a result of his aerial skill, heavy damage and many casualties were inflicted upon the hostile force. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Apodaca reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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  • Thank you Capt. Victor Apodaca

    Posted on 2/20/18 - by Diane E. Sullivan dsrn1@aol.com
    I was going through a box of my old items, mom had stored in the basement. There in a little box was my bracelet with your name on it
    I would like your family to know that I thank you for serving your country. You gave your life and for that you will always be a hero to me. God rest your soul,
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