MECHENBIER, EDWARD JOHN
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Name: Edward John Mechenbier
Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 390th TFS
Date of Birth: 29 June 1942
Home City of Record: Dayton OH
Date of Loss: 14 June 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212300 North  1063700 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C
Missions: 79 North Vietnam  113 Total
Other Personnel in Incident: Kevin McManus, Returnee
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. 2008.
REMARKS: 730218 RELEASED BY DRV
 
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 - 02/97 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO with material provided by
Edward Mechenbier.
EDWARD J. MECHENBIER
Captain - United States Air Force
Shot Down: June 14, 1967
Released: February 18, 1973
I was born on 29 June 1942 in Morgantown, WV.
  
I entered the Air Force in June 1960 when I entered the Air Force Academy
and was commissioned in June 1964. I married Jerri Klein of Dayton and,
after pilot training at Vance AFB, was assigned to an F-4C squadron in
England. After upgrading locally I was assigned to the 390th TFS at Da Nang
in December 1966.
On 14 June 1967 I went down on a strike mission on the northeast railroad
near Kep. Kevin Mcmanus was my backseater. I spent 5 yrs, 8 months and 4
days in captivity (but who's counting). During ejection and captivity, I
suffered from crushed vertebrae, dislocated shoulders and broken teeth.
My message: I can forget my years of imprisonment. I can return to a normal
life. But what about the young man who lost an arm, a leg or suffers the
effects of a bullet wound in the stomach. He can never forget. Two and a
half million Americans served in Vietnam, many of them are now in hospitals
or are seriously handicapped. Nor can the mother, wife or child of an MIA
forget. I join you in a prayer of thanksgiving for return of the POWs and
hope for the MlAs. For a wonderful welcome home and years of support, thank
you very much and may God bless every living one of you.
Mechenbier was awarded two Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses,
the Bronze star with V, two Purple Hearts, Meritorious Service Medal, 9 Air
medals and the P.O.W. medal. He separated from the Air Force in June of
1975. He flew F-100 and A-7's for the Air National Guard until 1991, and
currently  a Brigadier General in the  Air Force Reserves serving as the
Mobilization Assistant to the Commande, Aeronautical Systems Center,
Wright-Patterson AFB.  He also is a partner in a television production
company, and in his free time, he enjoys "golf, golf, golf." He and his wife
Jerri reside in Ohio. They have four children.
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NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
No. 364-01
(703)695-0192(media)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2001
(703)697-5737(public/industry)
MECHENBIER APPOINTED TO RESERVE FORCES POLICY BOARD
The Department of Defense announced today the designation of Air Force
Reserve Maj. Gen. Edward J. Mechenbier as a member of the Reserve Forces
Policy Board, effective Oct. 1, 2001.
Congress created the 24-member board in 1952.
Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the
board serves as the principal policy advisor to the secretary of Defense on
military reserve force matters.
Members include the assistant secretary responsible for reserve affairs from
each of the military departments, and active and reserve component general
and flag officers representing all Services, including the Coast Guard.
Mechenbier currently serves as the mobilization assistant to the commander,
Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
-END
01/26/2002 11:37 PM -0500
I am now a Major General in the reserve serving as the Mobilization
Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Material Command and Member of the
Reserve Forces Policy Board for SecDef Rumsfeld.
EM

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