RAEBEL, DALE VIRGIL
Name: Dale Virgil Raebel Rank/Branch: United States Navy/04 Unit: VA 37 Date of Birth: 01 July 1938 Milbank SD Home City of Record: Milbank SD Date of Loss: 17 August 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 202811 North 1062845 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7A #123207 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 1909
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. Updated 2003.
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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).
DALE V. RAEBEL Lieutenant Commander - United States Navy Shot Down: August 17, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973
I was born on 1 July 1938 in Milbank, South Dakota. I completed high school there and attended two years of college in South Dakota. After spending three years as a salesman I entered the flight training program at Pensacola, Florida in May 1961 and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1963.
I first served with a patrol squadron in Jacksonville, Florida flying the P2V Neptune aircraft making several deployments. I then served as an instructor pilot in the basic jet training command.
In July 1968 I received orders to the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California where I received a BS degree in Engineering Science. During this period I stayed current in jet aircraft and received transition orders from patrol to attack aviation.
After completion of A7 replacement training at Attack Squadron 174, I reported to Attack Squadron 37. During this period while homeported at NAS Cecil Field, the squadron made two deployments, one to the Mediterranean Sea and the latter a combat cruise to Vietnam. While attached to VA-37, I served as Administrative Officer and as Maintenance Oficer.
I was shot down while flying off the USS Saratoga on a strike to North Central North Vietnam on 17 August 1972. I was captured immediately upon landing in a densely populated area. They moved me to Hanoi and I remained there until released on 29 March 1973.
It is extremely gratifying to be back and be able to plan for the future. My plans include getting back into the flying aspect as quickly as possible and to hopefully follow a normal career pattern in the U. 5. Navy.
I was married during my first assignment in Jacksonville and we now have a daughter and son, ages seven and five respectively. We presently make our home in Orange Park, Florida.
As I look to the future of our wonderful country I can only see it as extremely bright, bright because of our basic freedoms preserved for us and our children.
Dale Raebel retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Patricia reside in Florida.
Not forgotten Remembering POW/MIAs past and present From Jax Air News - Sept. 26, 2002 By Kaylee LaRocque Staff Writer
Despite the extremely hot weather, several hundred military members, retirees, families and friends visited the Veteran's Memorial Wall at the Jacksonville Coliseum last Thursday to honor former American POWs and those still unaccounted for. This ceremony is usually held each year on Sept. 19 to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
This year's guest speaker was retired Navy Capt. Dale Raebel, ...