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
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D
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. 2020



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).

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.

Mike McGrath