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LTC Iceal "Gene" Hambleton
Birth: Nov. 16, 1918
Death: Sep. 19, 2004

Folk Figure. Hambleton was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. While serving as a navigator during the Vietnam War, his plane was shot down on Easter Sunday April 6, 1972. He was the only person to eject from the aircraft. Although surrounded by 30,000 enemy troops, Hambleton helped to direct USAF aircrafts to destroy many enemy vehicles on roads and to get directions to a safe area where he would eventually be rescued, by using a radio. The journey took Hambleton by unfriendly villages, enemy camps, and gun emplacements. The incident gave Hambleton famous status and led to the making of the 1988 film, "Bat 21", which starred actor Gene Hackman as Hambleton. The story was also told in the books, "Bat 21" (1980), and "The Rescue Of Bat 21" (1998). 
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  Gwendolyn M Hambleton (1923 - 2003)
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery *
Will County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Sep 24, 2004
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Glad you and Gwendolyn made it to Tucson after your service and rescue. Thank you for sharing your story and your service. RIP
- Berlin StClair
 Added: Jul. 7, 2016

- Andrew B.
 Added: Apr. 27, 2016
You had an amazing rescue during the Vietnam War. Thanks for your service.
- Bulldog Fan
 Added: Apr. 5, 2016
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