Capt Jerry D.S. Bolt, COP Recipient, USAF (1942-1972)
Captain Jerry D. S. Bolt, [USAF Academy] Class of 1964, was killed in an aircraft accident 73 miles north of Nellis AFB, NV on 21 December 1972. Captain Bolt flew the slot position with the Thunderbird Aerial Demonstration Team. At the time of the accident he was putting an F-4 aircraft through trial runs on the test range.
Funeral services were held at the Air Force Academy on 27 December 1972.
Captain Bolt was survived by his wife, Bibby, and by his children, Lisa and Brett, of Las Vegas, NV; and by his parents, Colonel (Ret.) and Mrs. William T. Bolt, of Garland, TX 75040.
While a cadet, Captain Bolt was named to the Commandant’s List every semester. He served as chairman of the Skating Division and the Dance Committee. He was also a member of the Bluebard Society, the Ring Committee, the Dodo Staff, the Ski Club and the Rally Committee.
Following graduation, Captain Bolt attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Craig AFB, AL. Subsequent assignments included duty with the 91st Tactical Fighter Squadron. at Bentwaters RAF Station, UK in 1966 and the 391st Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam in 1967. Captain Bolt flew 189 combat missions in Southeast Asia including 71 over North Vietnam. From 1967 to 1971, he served as squadron test project officer with the 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Nellis AFB, NV. In 1971 Captain Bolt was assigned to the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron as narrator. In December 1971 he took over the slot position with the team.
His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters.
(Gone But Not Forgotten, Checkpoints, April 1973)