HOFFMAN, DAVID WESLEY Name: David Wesley Hoffman Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy, pilot Unit: ATKCARAIRWG 15 Date of Birth: 18 March 1941 Home City of Record: Philadelphia PA Date of Loss: 30 December 1971 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 184500 North 1055000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4 Missions: 205 Other Personnel in Incident:Norris Charles, 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: 730328 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 DAVID W. HOFFMAN Lieutenant Commander- United States Navy Shot Down: December 30, 1971 Released: March 28, 1973 David Wesley Hoffman was born 18 March, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended St. Peters Choir School, an Episcopal boys school, and Germantown Friends School, where he graduated in 1958. Both schools were heavily oriented towards music, and he received a strong grounding in choral music, including numerous appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, a European concert tour, and many television appearances. He entered the U. S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1962. While at the academy he was active in choral groups, and produced and directed several original musical comedies. He entered flight training directly after graduation and upon designation as a Naval Aviator in December 1963 was assigned as an instructor in the Basic Training Command. In 1965 he was assigned to VF-96, flying the F-4, and completed two combat cruises to Vietnam aboard the USS Enterprise. He then reported to VF-121 for shore duty, and from there was assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California where he obtained a Master's degree in Operations Research. On completion of his studies at Monterey in 1971 he was assigned to CVW-15 staff as the Landing Signal Officer. He was shot down and captured on the 30th of December 1971. Military decorations include: Distinguished Flying Cross,14 Air Medals, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, as well as the normal campaign ribbons and devices. Lieutenant Commander Hoffman is married to the former Mary Burkhardt of Mundelein, Illinois, and they have one son, David. My message is simply: "A long hard struggle is finally over; it is most important that we learn from the experiences of the last decade, and that we continue to fight for freedom and truth wherever and whenever it is threatened. A vocal minority should never be permitted to cover up the basic truths with half truths and innuendo. Continue to seek out the truth, and keep the spirit of unity, which makes this country great, moving and growing. God bless you all."
David Hoffman retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife "MJ" reside in Maryland.