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Albert  P.  Blosch  
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  Rank, Service
Lieutenant Colonel O-5,  U.S. Air Force
  Veteran of:
U.S. Army Reserve 1942-1943
U.S. Army (USAAF) 1943-1945
U.S. Air Force Reserve 1945-1953
U.S. Air Force 1953-1971
World War II 1942-1945
Cold War 1945-1971
Vietnam War 1961-1963, 1966-1967, 1970
  Tribute:

Albert Blosch was born on September 25, 1920. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve for Aviation Cadet Training in the U.S. Army Air Forces on August 19, 1942, and went on active duty to begin training on September 3, 1943. He was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was awarded his pilot wings at Lubbock Army Airfield, Texas, on December 23, 1944, and then served as a flight instructor in the U.S. until the end of the war. Lt Blosch left active duty and joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve on October 21, 1945, and was recalled to active duty in the Air Force on April 15, 1953. Capt Blosch next attended Pilot Refresher Training at Marianna AFS, Arizona, from April to June 1953, followed by service as a C-124 Globemaster II pilot with the 2nd Strategic Support Squadron at Castle AFB, California, at Pinecastle AFB, Florida, and then at McCoy AFB, Florida, from June 1953 to August 1959. He served as a C-130 Hercules pilot with the 817th Troop Carrier Squadron at Ashia AB, Japan, and then at Naha AB, Okinawa, from August 1959 to September 1963, and during this time he deployed several times to South Vietnam between May 1961 and September 1963. His next assignment was as a C-130 pilot with the 776th Troop Carrier Squadron and as an Air Operations Officer with the 838th Air Division at Pope AFB, North Carolina, from September 1963 to June 1964, followed by service as a C-130 and then MC-130E Combat Talon I pilot with the 778th and 779th Troop Carrier Squadrons at Pope AFB from June 1964 to September 1966. Maj Blosch served as an MC-130E pilot with Detachment 1 of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam, from September 1966 to June 1967, and then returned to the 779th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Pope AFB from August 1967 to April 1968. His final assignment was as an MC-130E pilot with Detachment 1 of the 319th Air Commando Squadron and with Detachment 2 of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Pope AFB from April 1968 until his retirement from the Air Force on August 1, 1971. During this time, LtCol Blosch served as Aircraft Commander aboard the MC-130E "Cherry Two" during the Son Tay Raid, a clandestine mission to rescue American Prisoners of War in North Vietnam on November 21, 1970. Albert Blosch died on October 30, 2011, and was buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota.

His Silver Star Citation reads:

Lieutenant Colonel Albert P. Blosch distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States during the Prisoner of War search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Colonel Blosch, as commander of the lead aircraft, safely led the rescue forces deep into enemy territory despite the hazards of darkness, low altitude, and adverse weather. Without regard for his personal safety and despite intense enemy surface-to-air missile and antiaircraft threats, Colonel Blosch remained in the target area to provide search and rescue capability. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Blosch has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

  




 


 

 
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