CERAK, JOHN P. Name: John P. Cerak Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 308th TFS Date of Birth: 22 November 1944 Home City of Record: Clayton NJ Date of Loss: 27 June 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 210900 North 1050300 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 254 Other Personnel in Incident: 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: 730328 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 JOHN PAUL CERAK Captain- United States Air Force Shot Down: June 27, 1972 Released: March 28, 1973 I was shot down on 27 June 1972 and released on 28 March 1973 thus making my period of captivity relatively short compared to many others. My experiences were similar to those of many others captured at this time in the war and as they are included in this book on other pages I won't go into them. One thing worth mentioning is the fact that while I was there I was able to come into contact with POWs who had been held in captivity much longer than myself. These men went through unfathomable hardship and the manner in which they endured made me feel proud to be an American. My greatest worry while I was there was for my family, especially for my son who was growing up without his father. I am home now and those worries are over, but unfortunately this is not the case for many families. Many of us consider our sacrifices worth it, but we will never be able to pay off the debt we owe to the families of those who made the supreme sacrifice. ====================
John Cerak and his wife Susan reside in Georgia.