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BOBBY ALEXANDER KIRBY


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 100 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/11/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Colonel Bobby Alexander Kirby, Served with the 340th Bomb Squadron, 72nd Strategic Wing, Strategic Air Command.
  • WE Remember

    Posted on 11/21/15 - by Robert Sage 1968rsage@gmail.com
    Bobby is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery. Plot T-2107
  • Final Mission of COL Bobby A. Kirby

    Posted on 12/17/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On December 21, 1972, a B-52 bomber from the 72nd Strat Wing, Anderson AFB Guam, was sent on a bombing mission during the famed Christmas Bombings during that month. By the 21st, when the B-52 departed for the Hanoi region, 8 B-52's and several fighter bombers had been lost since December 18, and 43 flyers had been captured or killed during the same period. The Christmas Bombings, despite press accounts to the contrary, were of the most precise the world had seen. Pilots involved in the immense series of strikes generally agree that the strikes against anti-aircraft and strategic targets was so successful that the U.S., had it desired, "could have taken the entire country of Vietnam by inserting an average Boy Scout troop in Hanoi and marching them southward." A very high percentage of B-52 aircrew were captured immediately and returned in 1973, a much higher percentage than strategists imagined. Beyond that number, several were known to have made it safely to the ground, yet did not return for unknown reasons. When the B-52 from 72 Strat Wing, Guam was hit by a surface-to-air missile in the early hours of December 21, 1972, the fate of the crewmembers was varied. Multiple emergency beepers were heard by aircraft in the area, indicating that several of the crew members had safely bailed out of the crippled aircraft. James Lollar was captured and subsequently released in March the following year. The U.S. did not know he had been captured. CAPT Ronald D. Perry's remains were returned exactly 3 years to the day from the day he was shot down. The remains of CAPT Randall J. Craddock, COL Bobby A. Kirby, CAPT George B. Lockhart and MAJ Charles E. Darr were returned six days short of the sixteenth anniversary of their shoot-down. The positive identifications of the second group to be returned were announced in August 1989. Another returned POW, Ernest Moore, mentioned that he believed Darr had been held at the "Zoo" in Hanoi, but the U.S. never changed Darr's status from Missing to Prisoner. George B. Lockhart is a 1969 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/15/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Colonel Bobby Alexander Kirby, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Comrade of my father

    Posted on 5/25/13 - by Mark Pachankis mpachankis@gmail.com

    Bobby Kirby served with my dad in the USAF. They were both stationed in CA, and my dad was on alert. My mom went into labor, but my dad could not leave to take her to the hospital, so he called Bobby Kirby, and Bobby did not hesitate. Now my family is white, and a black man taking a pregnant white woman to a hospital in 1962 was NOT a common occurrence ,but none of that mattered to them. They were comrades in arms. RIP, Col Kirby.

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