ZUBERBUHLER, RUDOLPH V.
Name: Rudloph V. Zuberbuhler
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 336th TFS
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: LOWMAN ID
Date of Loss: 12 September 72
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 211700N 1065400E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Number 7266
Incident No: 1923
Other Personnel in Incident: Frederick C. McMurray, returnee, WSO
Source: Updated by P.O.W. NETWORK March 1997 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, personal interviews.
REMARKS: 730329 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
RUDOLPH U. ZUBERBUHLER
Captain - United States Air Force
Shot Down: September 12, 1972
Released: March 29, 1973
I entered the Air Force in 1963 and attended pilot training at Vance AFB,
Oklahoma. Since that time I have been assigned to the F4 weapons system and
have flown the C's, D's and E's. I was shot down by a Mig 21 firing a heat
seeking missile on 12 September 1972, north and west of Haiphong, North
Vietnam. I was captured the following day by North Vietnamese regular army
troops. I spent two months in solitary confinement and then was moved to the
camp called the "Zoo" where I stayed most of my imprisonment except for a
short period in late December. In January we were moved to the "Hanoi Hilton."
What sustained me? Faith, would be the best answer. Faith in God, country and
its people. And certainly the knowledge that the President was doing every
thing possible for us. Also, my fellow prisoners were a great help to me.
My future plans are to continue my service in the Air Force. I have been
offered the opportunity to attend an intermediate service school and hope
later to get into the F-15 program.
Rudolf Zuberbuhler retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He
lives in New York.
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