BRUNSON, CECIL H. Name: Cecil H. Brunson Rank/Branch: O2/United StateAir Force Unit: 469th TFS Date of Birth: 19 December 1947 Home City of Record: Memphis TN Date of Loss: 12 October 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213000 North 1063000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 160 Other Personnel in Incident: Myron Young, returnee, pilot 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: 730329 RELEASED BY DRV 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 CECIL H. BRUNSON First Lieutenant- United States Air Force Shot Down: October 12, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 When I left for Southeast Asia in February 1972 I wasn't really worried about going into combat. Sure I was a little scared but I didn't really believe anything was going to happen to me. I spent eight months at Korat Thailand. Occasionally I would send pictures back home to my wife Jean. One such picture was, of me sitting on the nose section of my F-4 Phantom. The caption I wrote on the back of the picture read: "This is my horse 'Phantom.' He hasn't thrown me yet." It wasn't long after this that Captain Myron A. "Joe" Young and I were shot down northeast of Hanoi on October 12 1972. During our captivity Captain Young and I wrote "The Ballad of Sparrow 3" a song describing the event on October 12 1972. * I feel lucky that my captivity lasted only six months I have a great deal of respect for those who spent many years in Hanoi's prisons. These men exemplify the bravery and courage of America's fighting man. Out of this experience I've gained some important things deeper faith in God and a greater love for America. ================================== Cecil Brunson resides in Tennessee.