Robert Oberg



Preferred Name: 
Bob

Nickname/Call Sign: Obie

Date of Birth: May 19, 1939 (July 6, 2012)

Highest Military Grade Held: Major

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Biography

Robert  Oberg, (Major USAF, Ret.) was born in Great Falls, MT on May 19, 1939. He first served in Europe as an F-100 Pilot with the 77th TFS at RAF Wethersfield, came to the 615th TFS at Phan Rang, Vietnam as a flight lead and flew 300 combat missions from 1967-1968. He was assigned to Nellis AFB after Vietnam as part of the initial F-111A cadre and flew 80 F-111A combat missions on a second TDY from Taklhi AB, Thailand.

Howard Hansen, a Super Sabre Society member believes “Bob” came to Phan Rang in the summer of 1967 about the same time as Jim Anthony, Jay Closner, John Miko, Dave Cassidy and Don Gish (from Wethersfield I believe).  Being a high-time F-100 guy, he checked out as flight lead early and I flew with him a number of times in the Jul-Nov time frame. He was a good leader and I always looked forward to flying with him.  The only single mission I remember was off alert on Dec 9. It was our third mission of the day and we launched right at sunset. Was after sunset when we arrived at target but not totally dark yet. Unfortunately, it was on the side of a small but steep mountain.   Bob decided to go ahead with the strike even though no flare ship was available. (great decision). We had 8 X 750# plus strafe so not a great load for the troops close by. We put the strike in and FAC seemed happy.
 
The next evening an Army Capt called the squadron asking to talk with Blade 1 from the previous day.  He said he was the commander of the troops where Blade 1 put in the strike. He said when we arrived he had 22 soldiers with him (1 dead and 18 injured) plus a helicopter crew shot down trying to get them out and they were about to be over-run.  After our strike, they got another helicopter(s) in and got everyone out. I remember at the time thinking that the really good missions made up for all the tree busters. Just before I came home in June 1968, Bob and Jim Anthony got assignments to the F-111 at Nellis and I had no further contact.  Bob was a great flight leader and a natural fighter pilot.”

Units Assigned

1966 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Wethersfield RAFB, England (F-100)
1967-1968 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phan Rang AB, Vietnam (F-100)
1968 Nellis AFB, NV (F-111A)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100
F-111A

Military Education

Civilian Education

Former Twin Bridges, MT resident Robert  Oberg, (Major USAF, Ret.) 73, Headed West  July 6, 2012, at his home in Folly Beach, S.C. Bob was born in Great Falls, MT on May 19, 1939.

Bob first served in Europe as an F-100 Pilot with the 77th TFS at RAF Wethersfield, came to the 615th TFS at Phan Rang, Vietnam as a flight lead and flew 300 combat missions from 1967-1968. He was assigned to Nellis AFB after Vietnam as part of the initial F-111A cadre and flew 80 F-111A combat missions on a second TDY from Taklhi AB, Thailand.

Clint Richards recalls flying in the 615th TFS as a wingman with Bob Oberg and recalls he was an excellent pilot and a friend who offered some great tips for young fighter pilots. Clint lamented his sorrow to hear of Bob’s passing and sends best wishes to his family and friends.

Tommy Sanford recalls a funny incident involving Bob. “I was coming off of a strike deep in Four Corp in southern Vietnam. I do have a typical North Carolina drawl. We were replaced by a two-ship of F-100s from Phan Rang. Suddenly this voice that I instantly recognized as Bob, said, “T”, is that you? I said, “Obie”? For a couple minutes, we put the war on hold and went over to our squadron common frequency and had a nice chat.”

Les Frazier knew Bob when he was an F-100 student in the 4514th CCTS at Luke, met up again when he was at the Rang flying F-100s and later at Nellis in late 1972. Bob had just returned from a combat tour at Takhli AB in the F-111.  
Bill Mantey recalls “we flew the F-111A at Takhli RTAB 1972-73 and also Nellis AFB.  I flew 80 Combat missions while at Takhli and I would guess Bob flew the same number.  His right seater at Takhli was WSO with the first name of Lloyd. On a personal note, Bob enjoyed visiting with his friends at the O’club every night after flying.”

Biography

Biography

Robert  Oberg, (Major USAF, Ret.) was born in Great Falls, MT on May 19, 1939. He first served in Europe as an F-100 Pilot with the 77th TFS at RAF Wethersfield, came to the 615th TFS at Phan Rang, Vietnam as a flight lead and flew 300 combat missions from 1967-1968. He was assigned to Nellis AFB after Vietnam as part of the initial F-111A cadre and flew 80 F-111A combat missions on a second TDY from Taklhi AB, Thailand.

Howard Hansen, a Super Sabre Society member believes “Bob” came to Phan Rang in the summer of 1967 about the same time as Jim Anthony, Jay Closner, John Miko, Dave Cassidy and Don Gish (from Wethersfield I believe).  Being a high-time F-100 guy, he checked out as flight lead early and I flew with him a number of times in the Jul-Nov time frame. He was a good leader and I always looked forward to flying with him.  The only single mission I remember was off alert on Dec 9. It was our third mission of the day and we launched right at sunset. Was after sunset when we arrived at target but not totally dark yet. Unfortunately, it was on the side of a small but steep mountain.   Bob decided to go ahead with the strike even though no flare ship was available. (great decision). We had 8 X 750# plus strafe so not a great load for the troops close by. We put the strike in and FAC seemed happy.
 
The next evening an Army Capt called the squadron asking to talk with Blade 1 from the previous day.  He said he was the commander of the troops where Blade 1 put in the strike. He said when we arrived he had 22 soldiers with him (1 dead and 18 injured) plus a helicopter crew shot down trying to get them out and they were about to be over-run.  After our strike, they got another helicopter(s) in and got everyone out. I remember at the time thinking that the really good missions made up for all the tree busters. Just before I came home in June 1968, Bob and Jim Anthony got assignments to the F-111 at Nellis and I had no further contact.  Bob was a great flight leader and a natural fighter pilot.”

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

1966 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Wethersfield RAFB, England (F-100)
1967-1968 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phan Rang AB, Vietnam (F-100)
1968 Nellis AFB, NV (F-111A)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-100
F-111A

Military Education

Civilian Education

Photos
Headed West

Former Twin Bridges, MT resident Robert  Oberg, (Major USAF, Ret.) 73, Headed West  July 6, 2012, at his home in Folly Beach, S.C. Bob was born in Great Falls, MT on May 19, 1939.

Bob first served in Europe as an F-100 Pilot with the 77th TFS at RAF Wethersfield, came to the 615th TFS at Phan Rang, Vietnam as a flight lead and flew 300 combat missions from 1967-1968. He was assigned to Nellis AFB after Vietnam as part of the initial F-111A cadre and flew 80 F-111A combat missions on a second TDY from Taklhi AB, Thailand.

Clint Richards recalls flying in the 615th TFS as a wingman with Bob Oberg and recalls he was an excellent pilot and a friend who offered some great tips for young fighter pilots. Clint lamented his sorrow to hear of Bob’s passing and sends best wishes to his family and friends.

Tommy Sanford recalls a funny incident involving Bob. “I was coming off of a strike deep in Four Corp in southern Vietnam. I do have a typical North Carolina drawl. We were replaced by a two-ship of F-100s from Phan Rang. Suddenly this voice that I instantly recognized as Bob, said, “T”, is that you? I said, “Obie”? For a couple minutes, we put the war on hold and went over to our squadron common frequency and had a nice chat.”

Les Frazier knew Bob when he was an F-100 student in the 4514th CCTS at Luke, met up again when he was at the Rang flying F-100s and later at Nellis in late 1972. Bob had just returned from a combat tour at Takhli AB in the F-111.  
Bill Mantey recalls “we flew the F-111A at Takhli RTAB 1972-73 and also Nellis AFB.  I flew 80 Combat missions while at Takhli and I would guess Bob flew the same number.  His right seater at Takhli was WSO with the first name of Lloyd. On a personal note, Bob enjoyed visiting with his friends at the O’club every night after flying.”

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