HUBBARD, EDWARD LEE
Name: Edward Lee Hubbard Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Takhli AB TH Date of Birth: 18 May 1938 Home City of Record: Shawnee Mission KS Date of Loss: 20 July 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 215058N 1051657E (WK292160) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EB66C Missions: 26
Other Personnel in Incident: Norman A. McDaniel; Lawrence Barbay; William H. Means Jr.; Glendon W. Perkins (all released POWs); Craig R. Nobert (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 May 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2008.
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SYNOPSIS: The Douglas EB66C Skywarrior was outfitted as an electronic warfare aircraft which carried roughly 5 tons of electronic gear in addition to its flight crew of three and technical personnel. The EB66C featured a pressurized capsule installed in the bomb bay, that accommodated four technicians whose responsibility was to operate electronic reconnaissance gear.
On July 20, 1966, an EB66C was dispatched from the 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Takhli Airbase in Thailand on an electronic countermeasure mission over North Vietnam. The crew and technicians that day included Capt. Lawrence Barbay, Capt. Glendon W. Perkins, Capt. Norman A. McDaniel, Capt. William H. Means Jr., 1Lt. Edward L. Hubbard, and 1Lt. Craig R. Nobert. Nobert served as the electronics warfare officer on the flight.
The flight was normal to the target area near Tuyen Quang, Quang Bac Thai Province, North Vietnam. At this point, the aircraft was orbited east/west. During this maneuver, the aircraft was hit by hostile fire. Two parachutes were seen to eject the aircraft, after which the aircraft descended and disintegrated.
In the spring of 1973, 591 Americans were released from prison camps in Vietnam, including most of the crew of the Skywarrior lost on July 20, 1966. They had been held in various POW camps in and around Hanoi for nearly seven years. Only Nobert remained Missing in Action.
For 24 years, the Vietnamese have denied knowledge of the fate of Craig R. Nobert, even though the U.S. believes there is a good possibility he was captured and died in captivity. On January 18, 1978, the Department of the Air Force declared Craig Nobert dead, based on no specific information he was still alive.
Disturbing testimony was given to Congress in 1980 that the Vietnamese "stockpiled" the remains of Americans to return at politically advantageous times. Could Nobert be waiting, in a casket, for just such a moment?
Even more disturbing are the nearly 10,000 reports received by the U.S. relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Many authorities who have examined this information (largely classified), have reluctantly come to the conclusion that many Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. Could Nobert be among these?
Perhaps the most compelling questions when remains are returned are, "Is it really who they say it is?", and "How -- and when -- did he die?" As long as reports continue to be received which indicate Americans are still alive in Indochina, we can only regard the return of remains as a politically expedient way to show "progress" on accounting for American POW/MIAs. As long as reports continue to be received, we must wonder how many are alive.
As long as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we must do everything possible to bring him home -- alive.
During their captivity, Perkins, Barbay and McDaniel were promoted to the rank of Major. Hubbard was promoted to the rank of Captain. Means was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Craig R. Nobert was promoted to the rank of Major during the period he was maintained missing.
Norman A. McDaniel resided in Camp Springs, Maryland in early 1990.
William H. Means, Jr. died in 1986 as a result of illness stemming from his incarceration in Vietnam.
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). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
EDWARD LEE HUBBARD Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: July 20, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973
I am Edward Lee Hubbard, known to all my friends as Ed. l was born 18 May 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri and spent the first 24 years of my life in the Kansas City area. In June 1955 I joined the USAF Reserve at Richards-Gebaur AFB where I flew as a flight engineer in the C-119 for several years. I graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in May 1956. From December 1957 til August 1961 I worked in the mens clothing business in Kansas City. In August 1961 I went on active duty, going to the aviation cadet program at James Connally AFB, Texas for Basic Navigation Training. I was commissioned and received my wings on 6 July 1962. Then I went to Navigator-Bombadier Training at Mather AFB, California. From there to survival school at Stead AFB, Nevada, then photo recce school and RB-66 crew training at Shaw AFB, South Carolina. Following that I departed for Europe on 1 October 1963, first to Alconbury AB in England for about two years and then Chambley AB in France for about a year. In May 1966 I left Chambley AB, going directly to SEA with just a few days leave in Kansas City. I stopped for a few days at Clark AB for jungle survival school and then on to Takhli AB, Thailand. On 20 July 1966, on my 26th mission over North Vietnam, we were shot down by two SAMs. I spent 2420 days as a POW in North Vietnam, being released on 4 March 1973. When I returned to the USA, I had been gone for 9 1/2 years except for the few days leave in May of 1966.
The greatest single thing I found that helped sustain me throughout our long ordeal was the fantastic ability of Americans to always find something to laugh about no matter how bad things got. So, to me, the biggest asset we had was our sense of humor.
As to the future, I will attend Air Command and Staff College and then go to Torrejon Air Base, Spain to fly F4s. My son, David, was born in Kansas City on 2 October 1963, the day after I left for Europe.
I have written an open letter to be published in the local paper and to be sent to all the people who have written me. I asked them to keep their Bracelets in remembrance of the men who gave their lives in Southeast Asia, and the men who returned but will forever carry the burden of the war because of their injuries. I would like to see the enthusiasm, energy and efforts used for our reception redirected to the Disabled veterans, the men who gave more than the POWs, the men who are more deserving of the great reception we received, the men whose lives will never return to normal as mine has. Don't let those men be forgotten. Every American should do his or her utmost to guarantee that these men are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Edward Hubbard retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Florida.
VIETNAM VET TEACHES SURVIVAL FORMER POW SHOWS HOW TO COPE WITH EVERYDAY LIFE By MELISSA M. SCALLAN THE SUN HERALD
BILOXI --- Nothing that Col. Ed Hubbard learned in the Air Force prepared him for the six years he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
He said every day he spent in a cell taught him that survival is possible even in the most dire circumstances. Hubbard has spent the last 18 years giving motivational speeches to people throughout the country based on his experiences, and he will visit South Mississippi on Thursday night....
---Melissa Scallan can be reached at 896-0541 or at email@example.com.
======================== Rockford Register Star Wednesday, May 8, 2002 Vietnam POW to share secret of getting through 'bad days'
BELVIDERE - For retired U.S. Air Force Col. Edward L. Hubbard, each day brought a new day of terror as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He figures he had at total of 2,420 "bad days."....
York Daily Record Monday, April 12, 2004
Former POW shares story; Retired Col. Edward Hubbard was held by the North Vietnamese for six years. JOSEPH MALDONADO
For more than eight hours, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Edward Hubbard ran desperately through the jungles trying to find a way to let his comrades at the 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Takhli Airbase in Thailand know he was alive. .....