GRUTERS, GUY DENNIS
Name: Guy Dennis Gruters Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Sarasota FL Date of Loss: 20 December 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 175700 North 1061700 East Status (in 1973): Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100F Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: NOTE: United States Air Force Academy Grauate 1964
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. Updated 2004 with information from Ryan Gruters. 2014
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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 spelling errors).
GUY DENNIS GRUTERS Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: December 20, 1967 Released: March 14,1973
Captain Gruters, a lover of the out-of-doors and an avid tennis player, is now reunited with his wife, Sandra, and daughters, Dawn and Sheryl, in Sarasota, Florida. There he can enjoy his family and the delights of the Florida beach area. "We love walking on the beach at night. I would love to see Sarasota retain the advantages that it has for family recreation - its natural beauty."
Guy has taken a job with IBM in New Jersey and is presently studying in their training program. He was reported a prisoner of war on Dec. 20, 1967 and spent the following five years in a prison camp.
The American people contributed to his return, he thinks, by their faith and their interest in the prisoners. He explains it this way: "Our family wishes to humbly thank God for reuniting us, due, we believe, to the wonderful prayers and concern shown by the American people."
My name is Ryan Gruters and I am the son of former POW Guy D. Gruters USAF Ret. Just a few clarifications and an update for your website on my father.
First, Dad retired as a Captain from the USAF in '73. He is also currently retired from a full life of involvement in the Computer Industry as a top-rated IBM salesman and then a personal computer company owner. He flew for Eastern Airlines on the side as well in the 1980's because he missed flying so much. My dad had five more kids after the two that he had before the war with the same woman (Sandy) whom he married before his second shootdown in '67.
God has blessed the family immensely with three grandchildren (since the two older kids were married) with hopefully more on the way as the rest of the kids get through college and settle down.
Dad currently lives in Minster, Ohio and is enjoying being with a good part of the family that has settled in the area, finding the time to garden, write a book (set to be published soon), and travel a bit.
In Dad's spare time, he is giving talks around the country to various military, ROTC, and civilian groups including the US Air Force Academy, ROTC units in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Maryland, as well as at a host of colleges and universities on the East Coast. His message, while certainly exciting (especially since he flew over 400 combat missions as a Forward Air Controller, received two silver stars, two distinguished flying crosses, one bronze star for valor, two purple hearts, over 20 air medals, as well as being shot down twice and a prisoner for five years and four months!), has a unique pro-military, pro-patriotism, pro-God message that is suitable for all Americans regardless of creed, color, or even political party. It is hard to argue with a man who did what my father did! Please pray for him as he continues to spread the message of faith in captivity.
That is a brief summary of Guy D. Gruters and what he has been doing these last thirty years. He was shot down on December 20th, 1967 and returned in March of '73. Dad asks that anyone who has kept his bracelet for so long, continue to keep them. Feel free to email dad tho, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all, Ryan T. Gruters - Son
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Military tradition runs deep in some families, with generation after generation raising their right hand and swearing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. One family however, has continued to put its mark on military service even after inconceivable anguish struck during the Vietnam War.
In December 1967, the family was informed that one of their own, Capt. Guy Gruters, had been shot down and was now a prisoner of war. Guy sat for nearly five and a half years as a POW, with a portion of that span being at the notorious Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam. He endured extreme temperatures, torture, isolation and horrid living conditions. ...