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Published July 03, 2013, 12:00 AM

Maj. Bill Hosmer in the mid-1960s

Maj. Bill Hosmer, far right, stands in front of an 18th Tactical Fighter Wing F-105 fighter jet in Korat, Thailand, in the mid-1960s. Three of the men pictured were shot down by surface-to-air missiles, Hosmer said. Don Williamson, third from left, died. Frank Tullo, third from right, was rescued by helicopter, and Bob Purcell, second from right, was captured and spent 7½ years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. “That’s pretty typical of the losses in our squadrons from Okinawa – about 50 percent shootdowns,” Hosmer said. Bill Hosmer / Special to The Forum
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