ROLAND R OBENLAND
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HONORED ON PANEL 62E, LINE 21 OF THE WALL

ROLAND ROBERT OBENLAND

WALL NAME

ROLAND R OBENLAND

PANEL / LINE

62E/21

DATE OF BIRTH

10/10/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

HUA NGHIA

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/18/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NEVIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hubbard County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROLAND ROBERT OBENLAND
POSTED ON 10.10.2020
POSTED BY: KR

Capt. ROLAND R. OBENLAND, USNA 1959, USAF - USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

As an addendum to the entry on 9 June 2008 by Capt. Obenland's USNA 1959 classmate on this website, additional information about Captain Roland Robert Obenland, USNA Class of 1959, USAF, from the Alumni Association, U.S. Naval Academy is at this link on the USNA Virtual Memorial Hall website:

https://usnamemorialhall.org/index.php/ROLAND_R._OBENLAND,_CAPT,_USAF

Remembered on what would've been his 85th birthday - 10 October 2020.
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POSTED ON 1.23.2018
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, 2/27 Wolfhound, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Roland.
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POSTED ON 4.8.2017

Final Mission of CAPT Roland R. Obenland

CAPT Roland R. Obenland was a U.S. Air Force pilot serving with 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. In the wake of the Tet Offensive, attacks on U.S. facilities continued, and pilots were often targeted against enemy forces threatening their own bases. Such was the case on May 18, 1968, when CAPT Obenland’s F-100D (#55-3548) was tasked with a close air support mission only six miles from his home base at Bien Hoa. While making a napalm drop, his jet received automatic weapons fire and crashed before he could eject. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the book “F-100 Super Sabre Units of the Vietnam War” by Peter E. Davies and David Menard]
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POSTED ON 5.18.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Roland Robert Obenland, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 10.20.2015
POSTED BY: Donald D Conklin

Tribute to Capt Obenland

I had the privilege of serving in the United State Air Force 13+ years, from Feb 1982 to Apr 1995. My career started as an Avionics Systems Engineer at Wright Patterson AFB Ohio and completed as Avionics/Armament Flight Commander for the F-16 Combined Test Force - upon transferring command to future Astronaut Rex Walheim who flew in the final shuttle mission. Without question, I consider my most valued special recognition while serving was being named as recipient of the Roland R. Obenland Memorial Award for outstanding engineering achievement in 1986. I continue to share his story on behalf of his family. We are just three years from celebrating his life 50 yrs after his passing. It would be an honor to be a part of such a tribute.
Respectfully -- Capt Donald D. Conklin
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