Schweitzer, Robert James, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1973-1974, 131X, (RD) Radarman A School
Service Years
1950 - 1974
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Schweitzer, Robert James (POW), CAPT.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Treasure Island, California

Date of Passing
Jan 24, 1974
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
Tailhook AssociationSkyhawk AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesUSS Kitty Hawk (CVA/CV-63) Veterans Association
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans AssociationAmerican Ex-POW AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam War
  1954, Tailhook Association
  1959, Skyhawk Association
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1967, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA/CV-63) Veterans Association [Verified]
  1967, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]
  1968, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Veterans of the Vietnam War

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                  POW of North Vietnam  January 5, 1968 to March 14, 1973

                           Held in Captivity for 1,896 days.

Other Comments:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Commander Robert James Schweitzer, United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 4 January 1968 as a pilot in Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR (VA-144), embarked in U.S.S. KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). As flight leader of a two-plane WALLEYE attack element, Commander Schweitzer planned a precision approach and attack to obtain optimum advantage for the weapons employed against the Haiphong Highway Bridge as the primary target and other standing major arterial bridges in the Haiphong area as secondary targets. After penetrating the intense anti-aircraft artillery and automatic-weapons fire to the target area, he ascertained that the primary target was obscured by smoke from targets previously struck by other air-wing strikes in the area. Commander Schweitzer then led his element through the continuing enemy fire to achieve a direct hit on the northernmost span of the nearby, still-standing Kien An Highway Bridge, achieving maximum destruction to this vital enemy transportation link. He then skillfully led his element through the increased enemy fire to safety without loss or damage to aircraft or injury to pilot. Commander Schweitzer's courageous actions and outstanding aerial leadership reflect great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: January 4, 1968

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Attack Squadron 144 (VA-144)

Division: U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1950, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
  1952, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL), 0522
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)NAS Willow GroveSchool Assignments - StaffNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
VA-95 Sky Knights (1952-1970)NAS AlamedaUS NavyCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Pacific Command ELINT Center (PEC)VA-155NAS LemooreVA-153 Blue Tail Flies
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)VA-125 Rough RidersNAS LemooreVA-144 Roadrunners
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1950-1950, 00-0000, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1950-1952, SA-0000, NAS Willow Grove
  1952-1953, 131X, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD)
  1952-1953, 110X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1953-1956, 131X, VA-95 Sky Knights (1952-1970)
  1953-1956, NAS Alameda
  1956-1959, 131X, NAAS Whiting Field
  1959-1962, 131X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1959-1962, 131X, Pacific Command ELINT Center (PEC) Pearl Harbor, HI, Pacific Command ELINT Center (PEC)
  1962-1964, 131X, VA-155
  1962-1964, 131X, NAS Lemoore
  1964-1965, 131X, VA-153 Blue Tail Flies
  1965-1967, 131X, Navy Manpower Support Activity, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1967-1967, 131X, VA-125 Rough Riders
  1967-1967, 131X, Sea Operations Detachment (SEAOPDET), AIMD
  1967-1968, 131X, VA-144 Roadrunners
  1967-1968, 131X, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1967-1968, 131X, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1968-1973, 131X, Defense POW/MIA Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1973-1974, 131X, (RD) Radarman A School
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1968-1968 Operation Rolling Thunder VI
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