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First Name: Edwin

Last Name: Atterberry


Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Home of Record: Dallas, TX
Middle Name: Lee

Date of Birth: 03 March 1934

Date of Death: 12 August 1967

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
Edwin Lee Atterberry

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Edwin Lee Atterberry

Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Air Force

Air Force Cross

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Lee Atterberry (AFSN: 0-18487925), United States Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 11 May 1969 to 14 May 1969. On 11 May 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Atterberry escaped from the North Vietnamese prison camp known as "The Zoo" and was recaptured twelve hours later. He was subjected to brutal torture for confessions pertaining to camp leadership, organization and details of his escape plans. He was last seen by other prisoners of war on 14 May 1969, and the North Vietnamese later reported that Lieutenant Colonel Atterberry had died. Through his extraordinary heroism and willpower, in the face of the enemy, Lieutenant Colonel Atterberry reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

His remains were recovered and returned on March 13, 1974.
Silver Star in Vietnam
Legion of Merit in Vietnam
Distinguished Flying Cross with two Bronze OLC
Bronze Star in Vietnam
Prisoner of War Medal in Vietnam

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 232433   Created by: MHOH




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