Memorial Names

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JACK LINWOOD VAN LOAN

COLONEL

US AIR FORCE

HOME : EUGENE, OR

Plaque : Wall 3, Row A, Col 6

Jack Van Loan was born in Eugene, Oregon and attended Corvallis Oregon public schools. He graduated in 1954 from Oregon State University and was commissioned 2nd. Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Entering the Air Force in 1954, Jack served thirty years from North Africa to North Vietnam flying F-100, F-4, A-7D, A-10, F-16, and F-15 aircraft. From May 1967 until March 1973, Colonel Van Loan was a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. After his release, he attended the National War College in Washington, DC emerging as a distinguished graduate in June, 1976. For two years Colonel Van Loan headed up the most complex command and control wing organization in the USAF and for the last four of his thirty years in the Air Force, he worked on operational planning for what would become Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Most recently, Jack headed a national organization based in Columbia, South Carolina and has over 14 years sales and business management experience. Jacks speaking career spans a quarter of a century and his keynote addresses survive and thrive, is a cannot miss event!

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POW

KIA

MIA

Medals

SILVER STAR LEGION OF MERIT (ACTION DATE MAY 1967) LEGION OF MERIT (ACTION DATE MAY 67-MAY 1970) DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (ACTION DATE MARCH 11,1967) DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS ( ACTION DATE MAY 20,1967) PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL (ACTION DATE MAY201967-MARCH4 1973)

Theatre of Operation

VIETNAM/ PRISONER OF WAR