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HONORED IN 2005

Edward Alan Brudno

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"Eleven Letters..." an article form the Washington Post

Capt. E. Alan Brudno, USAF, a 1958 graduate of NQHS, joined the U.S. Air Force with the hope that he would one day explore Mars as a member of the Astronaut Program.  On October 18, 1965, on his 33rd mission over Vinh, North Vietnam, his F-4 Phantom jet was shot down and he became one of the longest held POWs in America's history. He returned home in February 1973 deeply scarred by his captivity.  He was posthumously awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple  Hearts and many other decorations for his bravery.

His death on June 3, 1973, the first of any released POW, was the wake-up call that not all wounds are visible.  As a result, many other POWs got the help they deserved.

 

 

Edward Alan Brudno
Captain, USAF

PERSONAL DATA
  Home of Record: Quincy, Massachusetts
  Date of birth:  Tuesday, 06/04/1940

MILITARY DATA
  Service:       Air Force (Regular)
  Grade:	      03
  Rank:           Captain
  MOS:           1115R Pilot
  Unit:            68TH TFS, 6234TH TFW, 13TH AF
  Note:           O2 at loss. Promoted while in POW status


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