DRABIK, PETER EDWARD Name: Peter Edward Drabik Rank/Branch: United States Army/E3 Unit: 4th Inf Div Date of Birth: 03 November 1947 Home City of Record: Union Bridge MD Date of Loss: 24 September 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 141145 North 1074851 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 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: 730316 RELEASED BY PRG
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 PETER E. DRABIC Sergeant- United States Army Captured: September 24, 1968 Released: March 16, 1973 After graduating from Francis Scott Key High School, Eddie became a maintenance clerk at Mitchell Transfer in Union Bridge, Maryland. In September 1968 at age 20, Eddie became a rifleman with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Upon leaving Friendship International Airport his father gave him a St. Christopher medal and told him that he knew it would bring him back. Soon after Eddie's arrival in Vietnam, his family received three letters that he had written the three days that his unit was in the field. The next day, while his mother and sister were baking cookies, they received a message that Eddie was missing in action. All that could be told them was that Eddie had been out on a recon patrol but was pinned down by an ambush of the Viet Cong. Eddie received a face wound, became separated from his group, and when the patrol returned to the area, he had been captured by the Viet Cong. Until his name appeared on the final POW list of those who were coming home, no one knew whether Eddie was alive or dead. But, the family had never given up their faith and belief that Eddie was coming home. Two shrines had burned continuously and the family's reliance upon God helped them all through the ordeal. Eddie came home ready to use his car that had been waiting in the garage, to ski and roller skate, and to romp with his beagle, Snoop, who had so missed his master. Union Bridge had never known such a day as the day Eddie came home. ========================= Peter Drabic resides in Maryland.