BLISS, RONALD GLENN Deceased 02/08/2005
Name: Ronald Glenn Bliss Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O2 Unit: 33 TFS Date of Birth: 22 March 1943 Home City of Record: San Diego CA Date of Loss: 04 September 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211600 North 1055100 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0446
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
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SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors).
RONALD G. BLISS Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: September 4, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973
Having graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1964, and after a brief two months vacation in Europe, I entered Pilot training in August 1964 at Reese Air Force Base, Texas. There I met a pretty young coed at Texas Tech named Charlene Wallace. After one year of courtship, we were married at my next duty station, Las Vegas, Nevada. Having spent part of my honeymoon at survival school at Reno, Nevada, I returned to Nellis AFB, Nevada to enter F-105 training.
Just prior to departing for Thailand, our son Erik was born. The next time I would see him I would find him almost seven years old!
I arrived in Southeast Asia in June of 1966, after a week in the Philippines for jungle survival school. Seventy-five days later, my F-105 was in flames over Hanoi and I soon found myself in the prison of that same city.
As I left the dark cells of Hanoi, I returned to discover the cohesive bonds of my family were perhaps even stronger. Our son Erik was just completing the first grade; Charlene was an experienced mathematics teacher in a junior high school of Temple, Texas-her home.
The roots of life have been deeply implanted during an era of imprisonment. If knowledge and empathy are virtues, then I should be pursuing a noble course. Soon we'll all return to Texas where I'll enter the Baylor Law School. But knowledge by itself is sterile without faith, inspiration, and work. Life is for those who are strong enough to really live it; and I am not ready to die.
Ronald Bliss and his wife Charlene lived in Texas until his death at age 61 of cancer on 02/08/2005.
Ron was flying the F105D on a mission against the Nguyen Khe POL storage facility on September 4, 1966. He was flying with the 357 TFS, 355 TFW, from Takhli, Thailand. He was hit by a 57mm shell, flew 40 miles to the west of target before ejecting. 20 minutes later, in a follow-on attack, Tom McNish was shot down on the same target. Ron and Tom were released on March 4, 1973. Ron got his law degree and went to Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. for his second career. Ron was born April 22, 1943, flew his final flight West February 8, 2005. GBU n CUL.