ZUBERBUHLER, RUDOLPH V. Name: Rudloph V. Zuberbuhler Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 336th TFS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: LOWMAN ID Date of Loss: 12 September 72 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211700N 1065400E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Number 7266 Incident No: 1923 Missions: 368 Other Personnel in Incident: Frederick C. McMurray, returnee, WSO Source: Updated by P.O.W. NETWORK March 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, personal interviews. REMARKS: 730329 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). RUDOLPH U. ZUBERBUHLER Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: September 12, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 I entered the Air Force in 1963 and attended pilot training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. Since that time I have been assigned to the F4 weapons system and have flown the C's, D's and E's. I was shot down by a Mig 21 firing a heat seeking missile on 12 September 1972, north and west of Haiphong, North Vietnam. I was captured the following day by North Vietnamese regular army troops. I spent two months in solitary confinement and then was moved to the camp called the "Zoo" where I stayed most of my imprisonment except for a short period in late December. In January we were moved to the "Hanoi Hilton." What sustained me? Faith, would be the best answer. Faith in God, country and its people. And certainly the knowledge that the President was doing every thing possible for us. Also, my fellow prisoners were a great help to me. My future plans are to continue my service in the Air Force. I have been offered the opportunity to attend an intermediate service school and hope later to get into the F-15 program. ==============
Rudolf Zuberbuhler retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He lives in New York.