PAUL O MEDER
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 101 OF THE WALL

PAUL OSWALD MEDER

WALL NAME

PAUL O MEDER

PANEL / LINE

1W/101

DATE OF BIRTH

12/29/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/21/1972

HOME OF RECORD

JAMAICA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Queens

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

COL

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LEFT FOR PAUL OSWALD MEDER
POSTED ON 6.30.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. I am heartened you returned home after the passage of so many years though I wish it had been under very different circumstances. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 9.16.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Colonel Paul Meder, Thank you for your service as a Navigator/Sensor Operator. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. The anniversary of the terror attacks just passed. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 12.22.2019
POSTED BY: Sharon Singleton, COL, UASR (Ret.)

Thank You Brave Airman

COL Paul Meder, thank you for your service and your sacrifice for our country, for our freedoms. Know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace brave Airman., thank you for your service and your sacrifice for our country, for our freedoms. Know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace brave Airman.
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POSTED ON 2.1.2015

Final Mission of COL Paul O. Meder

An AC-130A gunship, "Spectre 17", flown by CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall, departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an interdiction mission to interrupt enemy cargo movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on December 21, 1972. The crew onboard numbered 16, including MSGT Rollie K. Reaid, CAPT George D. MacDonald, SMS John Q. Winningham, MAJ Francis A. Walsh Jr., CMS James R. Fuller, SMS Robert T. Elliott, MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr., LTC Harry R. Lagerwall, COL Paul O. Meder, LTC Thomas T. Hart III, CAPT Stanley N. Kroboth, MSGT Charles F. Fenter, CAPT Joel R. Birch, Richard Williams, and Carl E. Stevens. During the flight to the target, the aircraft was hit by ground fire and after 10 minutes of level flight, the fuel exploded. Two of the crew, Williams and Stevens, bailed out safely and were subsequently rescued hours later. The partial body of Joel Birch (an arm) was later recovered some distance away from the crash site. Heat-sensitive equipment which would pinpoint the location of human beings in the jungles was used to search for the rest of the crew with no success. It was assumed that the missing crewmen were either dead or were no longer in the area. According to intelligence reports, several piles of bloody bandages and 5 deployed parachutes were seen and photographed at the crash site. Also, later requests through the Freedom of Information Act revealed a photo of what appeared to be the initials "TH" stomped in the tall elephant grass near the crash site. In the early 1980's a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. Analysis by the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii reported the positive identification of all 13 missing crewmembers. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 12.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Colonel Paul Oswald Meder, 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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