MILLIGAN, JOSEPH EDWARD
Name: Joseph Edward Milligan
Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force
Unit: 433rd TFS
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Grandid NJ
Date of Loss: 20 May 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212500 North 1062500 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Other Personnel in Incident: Jack VanLoan
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
REMARKS: 730218 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
UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
JOSEPH E. MILLIGAN
Captain - United States Air Force
Shot Down: May 20, 1967
Released: February 18, 1973
Military service: Commissioned - 5 June 1963.
Pilot training - 17 April 1964.
Wings - 13 May 1965 at Vance AFB, Oklahoma.
Active duty - 22 May 1965 to 24 September 1965: F-4 CCTS
at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona; 24 September 1965 to 2 June 1966-
Operational assignment to the 40th TFS, Eglin AFB, Florida; 2 June 1966
to 29 November 1966: Operation "Wild Weasel" at Nellis AFB, Nevada; 29
November 1966 to 20 May 1967: 433 TFS, Ubon AB, Thailand.
Captured - 20 May 1967.
Released - 18 February 1973
Education - BS in Agriculture from Rutgers University in 1963.
Future plans: Married Mary Ann Runda of Lafayette, Indiana on 28 July, 1973
and settled down on an eighteen acre farm in Northern New Jersey. Accepted a
regular commission and started school in September 1973 for five to six
years with a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) as a goal and will finish
my Air Force career as an Air Force Veterinarian. Presently doing graduate
work on an M.S. in Animal Science at Rutgers University.
Family: My parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Betram Milligan operate a 103 acre farm
in Grandin, New Jersey. Personal Message: General Douglas MacArthur said:
"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." Well, I may be a bit older
now than I was six years ago when I was captured, but I am by no means
fading away. I am starting life anew and enjoying it immensely. It's great
to be home. My deepest gratitude to all of those brave and loyal Americans
who have selflessly supported the American Fighting Men.
Joseph Milligan retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. he
and his wife Mary Ann reside in Virginia.
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