GERNDT, GERALD LEE Name: Gerald Lee Gerndt Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force Unit: 555th TFS Date of Birth: 18 August 1942 Home City of Record: Oconto Falls WI Date of Loss: 23 August 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 210500 North 1055500 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Other Personnel in Incident: Robert Sawhill, returnee 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 GERALD LEE GERNDT Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: August 23, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973 I was born August 18, 1942 at Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. I grew up on a dairy farm near Suring, Wisconsin along with two younger brothers. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in January, 1945 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Received a ROTC commission and attended pilot training at Reese AFB, Lubbock, Texas. I was flying an F4D with the 555th TFS out of Ubon, Thailand when our aircraft crashed on 23 August 1967 and I was released from Hanoi on 14 March 1973. My immediate future plans are to do some more flying and to obtain a Masters degree in Business Administration. People have asked me what kept me going during our years of captivity and I have answered-faith and good humor. The ability of the Americans to laugh at themselves in the situation they were in, even in times of adversity mystified our captors and provided a tremendous relief valve for our emotions and frustrations. Faith was our grappling hook, the thing we gripped most dearly, faith in God, our country, our fellowman and our President. I would like to give a special thank you to the President, who in the face of strong opposition, made these important decisions which ultimately brought the war to a conclusion. People say there are a lot of things wrong with our country today. However, it is time people stopped talking and complaining about what is wrong and started working to correct these problems and to make the United States an even greater country. God Bless America. -------------------------
Gerald and his wife Donna reside in Wisconsin.