7th Air Force

Gordon Byron Blackwood

Lieutenant Colonel
United States Air Force
18 July 1938 - 29 November 1976
Palo Verde, CA
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F-105D Thunderchief

Air Force Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign medals

The database page for Gordon Byron Blackwood

Then-Captain Gordon B. Blackwood was the pilot of an F-105D Thunderchief assigned a mission over North Vietnam on 27 May 1967. During the mission, near the city of Bac Giang in Ha Bac Province, North Vietnam, Blackwood's aircraft was shot down and he was classified Missing in Action. Intelligence sources later reported that Captain Blackwood was killed in the incident.

On Monday, 11/29/1976, the Defense Department issued a "presumptive finding of death" and changed his status from MIA to "Died while Missing". On November 20, 1989, the U.S. Government announced that remains returned by the Vietnamese had been positively identified as being those of Cap tain Blackwood.

A memorial from one who wore his MIA bracelet
7 Apr 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)