CRANER, ROBERT ROGER Deceased 10/03/80
Name: Robert Roger Craner Branch/Rank: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE/O5 Unit: 416 TFS 37th TFW PACAF Date of Birth: circa 1933 Home City of Record: COHOES NY Date of Loss: 12 DECEMBER 1967 Country of Loss: NORTH VIETNAM Loss Coordinates: 175700 North 1061700 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100F #4005 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0943
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 and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. Updated 2000 with information from classmate, Joe Barry and Assistant Archivist at Holy Cross College, Ms. Jo-Anne Carr. Craner graduated from Holy Cross in 1976. EDITED BY REQUEST 07/2005.
REMARKS: RETURNED 3/14/73 NOT ON ORIG DIA LIST
The Knickerbocker News, Albany, NY Feb 21, 1974
Metroland POWs after year of Freedom: All stay in service as student or teacher By Carol Schlageter Chady
" A year ago right now we were filled with the joy of hope and the agony of fear," said Mrs. Loyal Goodermote of Berlin, recalling the wait for their son's name to be announced as a homecoming Vietnam prisoner of war.....
==================================== Times Union Albany, NY May 26, 1974
by Donna HALVORSEN
EX-POW recalls mates in park dedication talk
Former prisoner of war, Robert R. Craner accepted the dedication of Craner Park in Cohoes Saturday "in the name of all those living and dead whom you really honor.".....
========================================= Ten Outstanding Seniors Look to the Future Holy Cross Crossroads, June 1976
AMONG THE 590 Holy Cross graduates there are many who have already accomplished much or who have interesting plans for the future.
One is a 43-year old Colonel in the U.S. Air Force who was repatriated in 1973 following five and a half years as a prisoner-of-war in North Vietnam. Another is the first outstanding woman athlete at Holy Cross. A third is a champion male speed skater who holds the North American record for the quarter mile.
* Col. Robert R. Craner, Cohoes, N.Y. a 43-year-old career Air Force officer, will begin a two-year assignment as military attache with the American Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, after further training in Washington, D.C. Col. Craner spent the last two and a half years at Holy Cross, majoring in Russian studies. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was graduated summ cum laude.
An F-100 jet fighter pilot, during the Vietnamese conflict, he was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967. The first three years were spent in solitary confinement, with periodic beatings and interrogations by his captors. During this time he communicated with other prisoners-of-war by tapping on the walls and leaving notes hidden in the water hole where the prisoners were taken once a week to wash. "I had a great friend in the next room," said Col. Craner. " I never saw him but it was the closest relationship I've ever had.
For his military exploits, Col. Craner has won three Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, four Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Flying Cross, eight Air Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
OCT 8 1980
Col. Robert Craner, was Vietnam prisoner of war
ARLINGTON, VA. - Full military honors were accorded at Arlington National Cemetery today for Air Force Col. Robert R. Craner 47, the Vietnam Prisoner of War - after whom the former Devlin Street Park in Cohoes is named.
Col. Craner died suddenly Friday at Arlington County Hospital in Arlington.....
The article is believed to be from a [Troy], New York Newspaper
Soldier's experience part of TV movie By: Robert Cristo, The Record05/12/2005
COHOES - Twenty-five years after his death, the five years of brutal torture city native Robert Craner endured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam will be remembered as part of a television movie based on the life of fellow POW Sen. John McCain......