ESTES, EDWARD DALE Name: Edward Dale Estes Rank/Branch:O4/United States Navy, pilot Unit: VA 112 Date of Birth: 16 May 1934 Home City of Record: Marionville MO Date of Loss: 03 January 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 204000 North 1063100 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: none Missions: 90+ 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: 730314 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 EDWARD D. ESTES Commander - United States Navy Shot Down: January 3,1968 Released: March 14,1973 BIOGRAPHY * Born in Marionville, Missouri, 16 May 1934 * Attended high school in Purdy, Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State College in 1955. * Entered the Naval Aviation Candidate program in November 1955, commissioned 1 March 1956 and received wings in July 1957. * Duty assignments include the Naval Air Training Command as a T-28 flight instructor from November 1957 to January 1960. Attack Squadron 35 flying A1H Sky raiders. This tour included two Mediterranean deployments on board USS Saratoga. Reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in January 1963 for a three year tour in Officer Assignments. Last tour was with Attack Squadron 112, flying A-4C Skyhawks and deployed in USS Kitty Haw. * On second combat cruise when hit by a surface to air missile southwest of Haipong on 3 January 1968. * Carried as MIA until spring of 1970. Repatriated 14 March 1973. * Currently residing in Orange Park, Florida with wife, Bette, and sons, Edward 13, and David 11. * Scheduled to assume command of Attack Squadron 72 in September 1974. STATEMENT It did not take long in the confines of a Hanoi prison cell to realize just how many things I had taken for granted all my life. Now, after more than five years of imprisonment of cruel and degrading treatment. I have returned with a far greater love and appreciation for our grand and glorious America. The words "freedom" and "democracy " are much more significant. During my captivity those fellow POWs with whom I served consistently displayed the highest sense of honor courage and devotion to duty. I never lost faith in God country my family and my fellow Americans. I knew that we would never be forgotten. These things sustained me throughout our long ordeal. I am convinced that we are free today because of the courageous and effective actions taken by our President, Richard M. Nixon and because of the overwhelming support of the American people on our behalf. All your letters and prayers and the tremendous welcome home are things I will never forget. Now may we be united in remembrance of those brave men killed in defense of freedom those who fought so well and returned many wounded and maimed and those who are still missing in action. May our thoughts and prayers remain with them and their families. --------------------
Edward Estes retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and Bette reside in Virginia.