Robert Raymond DyczkowskiLieutenant Colonel
421ST TAC FTR SQDN, 388TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
23 June 1932 - 09 January 1978
Buffalo, New York
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The database page for Robert Raymond Dyczkowski
I have worn his POW/MIA bracelet ever since it first came out and I very seldom take it off.
It has broken in two pieces but I fixed it with lead solder and it works ok.
Jackie & Jerry Fogoros,
I found my POW bracelet with his name on it after 32 years. Wearing this bracelet was my first statement of political action as a high school student. Although it is sad that he has died, I think that I can thank him for awakening my political activism.
Today is Memorial Day 2007. I finally found out what happened to the man whose bracelet I wore for so many years.
My mother bought the bracelet for me when I was 14 years old. I don't wear it so often anymore. The silver finish has worn off the inside and the black lettering is chipping away.
I waited for years for some information on Major Robert Dyczkowski. On a train going to Oregon in 1997, a man noticed I was wearing my bracelet and offered to check online for his status. Some weeks later he sent me a letter saing Major Dyczkowski was still unaccounted for.
I cried today when I found out what happened to him.
God bless you, Major Robert Dyczkowski, I've carried you in my heart for 37 years now and will always do so.
My family was stationed in Guam from 1963-l966. Major Robert Dyczkowski's POW bracelet went to college in DC with me in the l970's. My teenage daughter just found it in my jewelry box and is now wearing it. We will never forget.
Mari Waters Cogan
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 23 April 1966, Captain Robert Dyczkowski and two other F-105s from the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron departed Korat RTAFB in Thailand to attack a target about 75 miles north of Hanoi. Dyczkowski was flying as the number two aircraft in a flight of three. After pulling off the target, Dyczkowski acknowledged join-up instructions but failed to rejoin his flight. No emergency signals were heard, no parachute was sighted, and search efforts were unsuccessful.
Captain Dyczkowski, 33, was on his 99th mission, and had one more to go before returning home the following week. Instead, Dyczkowski simply disappeared. When the POWs returned home in 1973, Dyczkowski was not among them, nor did they have any knowledge of him.
On 09 January 1978, the Secretary of the Air Force approved a Presumptive Finding of Death and Dyczkowski's status was changed from Missing in Action to Killed in Action/Body not Recovered.
Thirty-three years later, in the fall of 1999, the wreckage of his aircraft was identified and fragments of his identification card and flight gear were recovered - but the only human remains which could be recovered from the wreckage was a single small fragment of bone. Late in 2000, the US Government determined that these remnants were sufficient proof that Robert Dyczkowski died when his F-105 impacted the ground. His family accepted this conclusion and in April 2001, with his family present, the mortal remains of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Dyczkowski were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
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one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Jackie & Jerry Fogoros
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Dec 1999
Last updated 11/24/2007