EDWIN L ATTERBERRY
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HONORED ON PANEL 24E, LINE 102 OF THE WALL

EDWIN LEE ATTERBERRY

WALL NAME

EDWIN L ATTERBERRY

PANEL / LINE

24E/102

DATE OF BIRTH

03/03/1934

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/12/1967

HOME OF RECORD

DALLAS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dallas County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

LTC

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POSTED ON 11.13.2019

Final Mission of CAPT Edwin L. Atterberry

On August 12, 1967, pilot CAPT Edwin L. Atterberry and navigator CAPT Thomas V. Parrott comprised the crew of a U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II aircraft (#65-0882) from the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing based at Udorn Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand on a photographic reconnaissance mission over Hanoi, North Vietnam. During the operation, their Phantom was hit by fragments from a North Vietnamese S-75 Dvina (SA-2 Guideline) surface-to-air missile. Both crewmen were captured after ejecting. On May 11, 1969, Atterberry was able to escape captivity from a North Vietnamese prison camp known as “The Zoo.” He was recaptured twelve hours later and reportedly was subjected to brutal torture by his captors. He was last seen by other prisoners on May 14, 1969, and it was later announced that Atterberry had died. A death certificate issued by the North Vietnamese stated that that Atterberry died of cerebral meningitis from a Japanese B-type virus with the complication of bronchial pneumonia. Parrott remained in captivity and was released at the end of the war. Atterberry was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel during the time he was missing. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “People's Army of Vietnam-Death Certificate from Military Hospital 108” at vva.vietnam.ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 8.12.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Air Force Cross Citation

Edwin Lee Atterberry

DATE OF BIRTH: March 3, 1934
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Klondike, Texas
HOME OF RECORD:
Dallas, Texas

Edwin Atterberry enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1952, before subsequently entering service in the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet Program. He was shot down while piloting an RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft near Gia Lam North Vietnam, on August 12, 1967. Held at the Cu Loc camp ("The Zoo") on the outskirts of Hanoi, he escaped with fellow POW John Dramesi on May 10, 1968, but both men were subsequently recaptured. Colonel Atterberry died, it is believed, from torture sessions following his recapture. His remains were recovered and returned on March 13, 1974.

Air Force Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Lee Atterberry (AFSN: 0-18487925), United States Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 11 May 1969 to 14 May 1969. On 11 May 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Atterberry escaped from the North Vietnamese prison camp known as "The Zoo" and was recaptured twelve hours later. He was subjected to brutal torture for confessions pertaining to camp leadership, organization and details of his escape plans. He was last seen by other prisoners of war on 14 May 1969, and the North Vietnamese later reported that Lieutenant Colonel Atterberry had died. Through his extraordinary heroism and willpower, in the face of the enemy, Lieutenant Colonel Atterberry reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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POSTED ON 8.12.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation

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

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Edwin Lee Atterberry (AFSN: 0-18487925), United States Air Force (Reserve), for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in North Vietnam on 12 August 1967. On that date, Captain Atterberry piloted an RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft of the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, to obtain photographic coverage of the priority one target near Gia Lam North Vietnam, deep within hostile territory. With complete disregard for his safety, Captain Atterberry would have had to pilot his aircraft through intense anti-aircraft fire and missile attack, to obtain the desired photographic reconnaissance coverage. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Atterberry has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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POSTED ON 8.12.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Legion of Merit Citation

Legion of Merit
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Lee Atterberry (AFSN: 0-18487925), United States Air Force (Reserve), for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from August 1967 to May 1969. His ceaseless efforts, by a continuous showing of resistance to an enemy who ignored all international agreements on treatment of Prisoners of War, in the extremely adverse conditions of the communist prisons of North Vietnam, demonstrated his professional competence, unwavering devotion, and loyalty to his country. Despite the harsh treatment through his long years of incarceration, he continued to perform his duties in a clearly exceptional manner which reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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POSTED ON 8.12.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Citation (1st Award)

Distinguished Flying Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Cold War
Service: Air Force
GENERAL ORDERS:
Department of the Air Force, Special Order G-44 (April 11, 1963)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Edwin Lee Atterberry (AFSN: 0-18487925), United States Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight of national and international significance from 23 to 29 October 1962. During this period, the exemplary courage and professional competence exhibited by Captain Atterberry, under hazardous flight conditions, demonstrated his outstanding proficiency and steadfast devotion to duty. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Atterberry reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force
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