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LTC Iceal “Gene” Hambleton
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LTC Iceal “Gene” Hambleton

Birth
Rossville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Death 19 Sep 2004 (aged 85)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Cenotaph Elwood, Will County, Illinois, USA
Plot Columbarium C2-34 Row C Site 8
Memorial ID 9513540 · View Source
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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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 24 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9513540
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Iceal “Gene” Hambleton (16 Nov 1918–19 Sep 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9513540, citing Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Will County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .