GIDEON, WILLARD SELLECK RIP 10/10/2016
|Name: Willard Selleck Gideon
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 03 June 1931 Takoma Park MD
Home City of Record: Arlington VA
Date of Loss: 07 August 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212000 North 1063200 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D #1758
Other Personnel in Incident:
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. 2016 REMARKS: 730304 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). WILLARD S. GIDEON Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down August 7, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973 Born June 3, 1931 in Takoma Park, Maryland. Graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia in 1949. Graduated from Butler Prep School in Silver Springs, Maryland in 1950. I joined the Air Force in February 1952 and entered Aviation Cadets in January 1953. Graduated in March 1954 from Williams AFB, Arizona. I flew 55 missions in North Vietnam from both Korat and Takhli. I was shot down on 7 August 1966 about 25 miles northeast of Hanoi flying an F-105D. I have spent my entire career flying fighters in the States, Europe and the Far East. The fighter business has always held the most interest for me and I hope to continue in this branch of flying after completing the Air War College in May 1974. I have two children. Our son, Willard is 17 and a senior in high school. Our daughter, Georgia is 15. It is wonderful, beyond description, to be back in this great nation of ours once again. My eternal gratitude is with all of you who have supported the POW/MIA program. --------------------------------- Willard Gideon retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Jeannine resided in South Carolina.
Lauderdale: Vietnam POW bracelet comes full circle in Lowcountry
Ketchum wore her bracelet for four years, until the war ended. ... With her Girl Scout sash and badges was the silver POW bracelet of her youth.
Some of you may know this fact - Will flew the Solo position in the F-100 from 1960-1962 (as an "additional" duty) with the USAFE (US Air Forces in Europe) aerial demonstration team "The Skyblazers." RRVFPA
Willard Gideon, former Vietnam POW, dies
Willard will get a full military funeral at Arlington, on Feb 16, 0900.