Robert Carl Wistrand

United States Air Force
12 August 1930 - 22 January 1974
New York, NY
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USAF Pilot

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

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I have worn Lieutenant Colonel Robert Carl Wistrand's POW/MIA bracelet since the mid-70's. I would like to give his bracelet to his family, and I have tried to locate them to no avail.

I hope this doesn't seem insignificant, because I can't describe what seeing his name on the Wall a few years ago did to me. Ever since then, I've wanted to do this. I guess I want his family to know there was someone else out there who cared and thought about him for many years ...

Janell Dixon
08 Jan 1999

I too have been wearing the bracelet of Robert C. Wistrand since I was a young teenager in the 70's. I am now 43 years old. I would like his family to know that I have never forgotten him and followed the war activities for years with my grandmother. Please contact me at if you have any information regarding Col Robert C. Wistrand. Thanks and God bless.

Sharon Wilson
16 Jul 2001


On May 9, 1965, Captain Robert C. Wistrand was assigned a mission which would take him through the Mu Gia Pass on the border between Laos and North Vietnam. He was flying an F-105D Thunderchief, an aircraft which flew more missions against North Vietnam than any other U.S. aircraft. It also suffered more losses than any other aircraft type.

During the mission, Wistrand's aircraft crashed. Wingmen observed no parachute and heard no emergency radio beeper signals. Searches of the loss area were fruitless. There remained the possibility, however, that Wistrand had successfully ejected and he was classified Missing in Action.

Robert C. Wistrand was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he was maintained as missing in action. His remains have not been repatriated.

A memorial from one who wore his MIA bracelet,
Janell Dixon 
08 Jan 1999

Updated to include
Sharon Wilson
16 Jul 2001

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