Robert Franklin Dees

Robert Franklin Dees

Korean War
Service #21569A
RankFirst Lieutenant U.S. Air Force
Date of DeathOctober 9 1952
StatusRecovered
Memorialized
Courts of the Missing
Court
8
Air Medal
Korean Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Purple Heart
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
First Lieutenant Dees was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Notes
First Lieutenant Dees was the pilot of a F-84E Thunderjet fighter with the 430th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 474th Fighter-Bomber Group. On October 9, 1952, while on a combat mission at the railroad yards at Sinyang, North Korea and as he delivered his bombs, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire and augured into the ground. He was listed as Missing in Action. His remains were recovered on November 9, 1954 and identified on December 21, 2010. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.