EVERSON, DAVID

Name: David Everson
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O4
Unit: 354 TFS
Date of Birth: 04 September 1931
Home City of Record: Aitkin MN
Date of Loss: 10 March 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 214400 North  1055000 East
Status (in 1973):
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105F #8335
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: Jose Luna, returnee
Refno: 0612

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: 730304 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).
                       
DAVID EVERSON
Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: March 10, 1967
Released: March 4, 1973
                       
I was born in 1931 and graduated from the University of Minnesota in Duluth,
Minnesota in 1954 and entered the Air Force in 1955. I went  through pilot
training and flew fighters at various bases in the United States and in the
Far East until I was shot down several miles north of Hanoi. I was flying
a F-105 Thunderchief out of Takhli, Thailand. I arrived back in the States
on March 7, 1973 just three days less than six years from the day I was
shot down.

I have three children. Duaghter DeAnn is 18 and a freshman  in  college.
Davy is 15 and a sophomore at Coon Rapids High School. Danny is 12 and in
the 7th grade. My children waited for me in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

The tremendous welcome that I had and the other returned POWs have received
makes  me feel very proud and at the same time very humble. I know many  men
have been killed or crippled in  this war. Very few of the men who returned
earlier received half the welcome accorded the POWs.  I hope we will  all
remember the families of these men and try to insure that their children
will have the same opportunities that your children and  mine will have. I
was very happy and proud on the day of mv release because we were  able to
return home with pride. Thank you for all your kindness and God bless you
all.

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David Everson retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and
his wife Ann reside in Minnesota.

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