Gilland Wales Corbitt

United States Air Force
26 May 1925 - 28 April 1978
Denver, Colorado
Panel 24E Line 005



USAF Senior Pilot

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

The database page for Gilland Wales Corbitt

13 Aug 2002

~ * ~ In Memory of Col. Gilland Wales Corbitt ~ * ~

Today I visited the Vietnam traveling wall, just like I do every year. I searched your name out on panel 24 E, line 5. I traced your name again, laid a flower in your honor. I have never met you, or your family. I know nothing about you, except that you must have been a brave man. I have proudly worn your name upon the bracelet on my arm for many years, in hopes that one day you would return so that I could give it to you, to let you know that you were not forgotten, and prayers for you and your family were said. Even though the color and etching on the bracelet are worn and getting bare, the memory of you will be eternal.

* Gone but not forgotten *
God bless you.


23 Jul 2005

I have recently found my bracelet remembering Colonel Gilland Wales Corbitt. I've had it for over thirty years. I didn't know the man personally, but when I think of his death it still brings tears. So to his family, friends, comrades and loved ones - to this day he is remembered. Thank you for your sacrifice and service!

Rob Conaway

Harry Robert Conaway II

Virtual Wall Notes

Two men of the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 460th Tac Recon Wing, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, were lost on 27 July 1967 when their RF-4C was shot down 5 miles southwest of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam:
  • Colonel Gilland Wales Corbitt, pilot
  • Major William Orlan Bare, navigator
As of 13 Aug 2002 their remains have not been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
13 Aug 2002

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