EVERETT, DAVID ANDERSON

Name: David Anderson Everett
Rank/Branch: United Statesd Navy/O2
Unit: FITRON 151
Date of Birth: 27 January 1947
Home City of Record: St Simons Island GA
Date of Loss: 27 August 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 201800 North  1054600 East
Status (in 1973):
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B
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.

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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
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UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
                      
DAVID A. EVERETT
Lieutenant J.G. - United States Naval Reserve
Shot Down: August 27, 1972
Released: March 29, 1973
                      
David Anderson Everett was shot down August 27, 1972, while  on a photo
escort mission over North Vietnam. He was flying an F-4 Phantom of Fighter
Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE operating from the USS MIDWAY (CVA-41).

Lieutenant Everett was  born on January 27, 1947, in Brunswick, Georgia, and
received a bachelor's degree in Forestry from the University of Georgia in
1969. He enlisted in the Navy that year, entered the Aviation Officer
Candidate program in Pensacola, Florida, and was commissioned Ensign in
1970.

He, his wife, Mary Joe, and daughters, Allison and Katherine, presently
reside in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

In reflecting upon the experience I and my family underwent as a result of
my having been shot down, captured, and held prisoner in North Vietnam, I
recall one moment in particular I would like to share with you. I came amid
the excitement of our return and the kaleidoscope of friendly faces and
joyous moments of reunion with freedom. A long-time friend asked me, "What
sustained you during your captivity?" Whatever else my reply may have been,
I felt it was inadequate. In the ensuing months I've pondered that question
many times, and while perhaps I've not yet found the ultimate answer, l've
come to appreciate the complexity of the question.

It would have been simple to state that my faith in God sustained me during
the ordeal. I well remember my painful first night in Hanoi and finding a
cross etched in the plaster wall of my cell. Certainly the crude reminder
lifted my hope, and religion was a fundamental component of what sustained
me in the days that followed. But it was not religious conviction alone that
saw me through the crisis, rather a synthesis of my 25 years of living in
America. I am grateful for having had the opportunities afforded me. To
those many persons who helped so much to lighten the dark days in the
prisons of Southeast Asia we remain forever indebted.


NOTE:
David Everett resides in Virginia.