ANDERSON, JOHN Name: John Anderson Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 4th TFS Date of Birth: 01 October 1946 Home City of Record: Portland OR Date of Loss: 27 December 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212000 North 1062000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 50+ Other Personnel in Incident: Brian Ward, returnee Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 730212 RELEASED BY DRV INJURED
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO JOHN W. ANDERSON Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: December 27, 1972 Released: March 12, 1973 I was born in Portland, Oregon on October 1, 1946 and grew up in that city. I attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 1968 with a degree in Marketing and an ROTC commission in the USAF. I attended pilot training at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas. I met my wife, Loranna, during my year in UPT and we were married 20 March 1970. My first assignment for the Air Force was flying transports on the East Coast. After a year and a half I received my fighter assignment--an F-4, with training at Luke AFB, Arizona. After completing training, I was assigned to Da N'ang AB, Vietnam. My squadron was transferred to Tahkli AB, Thailand and then settled at Udorn AB, Thailand. I was shot down on December 27, 1972 during the Christmas Offensive about 40 miles north east of Hanoi while flying a MIG CAP (a protective strike aircraft against attacking MlGs.) Both my arms were broken during ejection and I was captured immediately. During my confinement my faith was restored due to the organization the older prisoners had set up and their extreme faith in God, their country, and their President. Being a prisoner was a very trying experience on a man's mind and body and although I was fortunate in having to spend only a short time in confinement, I learned from the older POWs the true meaning of faith, determination, and, most important of all--Patriotism. Our release was a great time for us and the American people. I hope this lesson in faith shown by the POWs will not soon be forgotten. The United States is beyond a doubt the greatest place to be. I was returned on 12 March 1973 and it was the happiest day of my life due to our reception. Thank you. -------------------------
John Anderson retired from the United States Air Force as a Major. He still resides in Oregon.