Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Air Force 1
Captain 2
11 Mar 1937 2
25 Mar 1964 2

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Full Name:
Uwe-thorsten Scobel 2
11 Mar 1937 2
Male 2
25 Mar 1964 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 27 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died of Wounds 2
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD 2
Mother: Margaretha Marie Luise Hillenbrand 3
Father: Max Richard Erich Scobel 3
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Air Force 1
Captain 2
Air Group:
34th Tac Grp 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
+ O2 2
Major Command:
13th AF 2
Air Force 2
19th TASS 2
Years Served:
4 2
Not Reported 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Institution: Narimasu High School 3
Place: Japan 3
To: 1955 3
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 47 2
Panel: 01E 2

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Uwe and I attended the University of Maryland together graduating in 1959. We served in the AFROTC detachment where Uwe was commander of the Vandenberg Guard, a sword drill team. I remember him translating Volare in a class during a boring lecture. Uwe said he had fought the Russians when they invaded Berlin. I believe him. He took me to his home and showed me German weapons. I was very sad to learn of his death. I believe he was on his second tour as Forward Air Controller when he was shot down. It could have been his third. He would have made a great senior officer. Nick Keck, CPP, Colonel, USAF (Ret)


Oahu Hawaii

We visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and visted the gravesites of Uwe-Thorsten Scobel , his mother, and step father.

There is a monument at the cemetery dedicated the the Forward Air Controlers.  It reads:

                                                    HIT MY SMOKE

"Flying low over the trails and battlefields, Forward Air Controllers marked targets with smoke rockets or grenades, performed and directed air strikes upon the enemy and led rescue missions while enduring intense ground fire, hazardous weather and terrain.  


We salute the courage, sacrifice and inspiration of the more than 2200 FACs who perished while fighting for the cause of freedom suring the long war in Southeast Asia  1962-1975

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning,  We will remember them." L. Biny?


This monument is dedicated to these special aviators of the United States, Australia, and New Zealand who served together.  April 2002

U of Maryland - 56-60

I have longed to know what happened to my good freind Ewe.  We served together at Det #330 during my tour there in 1956-60.  I was assisgned to Cadet of my tasks was to work with all "Advanced Cadets" in the preparation of pre-commisioning documents - Medical Exams, DD Form 398's and of course with over 3.000 basic cadets enrolled - it was nice to be able to work with those 125 or so Advanced Cadets in thier final year of ROTC and preparation for being commissioned. If I recall it - we had 15 officer's and 28 Non-Coms on the staff/cadre. 

When the Wing was in formation - it was sight to behold-- They did so when the Queen of Englang visited campus - one time - the Corps of Cadets formed USAF -spelled out by the Cadets on the field at Byrd Stadium. 

I recall Ewe being the Cadet Commander of the Vandenberg Guards- I was the TacNCO for the Pershing Rifles.  I also was in charge of setting up a model aircraft display (in cases) in the Cadet Lounge. 

I was a SSGT at Det #330 and found that working in a commissioning program (AFROTC) was a good foundation for the remainder of my career - before I retired as a Chief in 1981.....I worked another 14 years in  assisgnments at the USAF Academy and then at the Inter-American Academy providing professional non-commissioned officer expertise to future officers of the USAF and other Latin American Air Forces.

It was in 1963 - (I believe) that I crossed paths with Ewe while passing through Charleston AFB.  This was the last I saw him and later read of his passing in SEA by and article stating his death was the first Det #330 former Cadet to die in combat in that conflict;

I am pleased after so many years to know of the other"wingmen" that have served with Ewe and to read in this valuable resource of their participation.

Thanks for this opportunity to share and hope to hear from you all.

Chief John Schmidt
Tallahassee, Fl

"Uwe was a student in Tokyo in my class at Narimasu, American School in Japan, in 1954. He was born in Berlin. I did not know his family, but I understood that his mother had married an American serviceman in Germany..." Source: Martin Peterson,


Article from the 1960 Terrapin Yearbook of the University of Maryland

"During 1959, thirty-five cadets accepted commissions in the Air Force Reserve and entered active duty; seven of these officers were Distinguished Military Graduates and accepted Regular Air Force commissions signifying their intest for careers in the USAF.  One cadet, Uwe-Thorsten Scobel, prior to receiving his commission at the end of 1959 Summer Training at  Lockburn Air Force Base, Ohio, was designated the most outstanding AFROTC cadet for displaying the highest type of leadership.  The Commandant, Headquarters, AFROTC, presented the award to him.  The University of Maryland take great pride in this singular honor."  

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