HEEREN, JEROME DONALD Name: Jerome Donald Heeren Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force Unit: 335th TFS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Brookings SD Date of Loss: 11 September 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213300 North 1063000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 312 Other Personnel in Incident: Brian Ratzlaff, returnee, pilot 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: 730329 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 JEROME D. HEEREN Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: September 11, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 I have been on active duty in the Air Force since June 1968. After completion of navigator training I became a crew member of the F-4E and have been assigned to the following units: 4456 CCTS Davis Monthan AFB Arizona; 421 TFS Danang AB Vietnam; and the 335 TFS Seymour Johnson AFB North Carolina. My last squadron the 335th of Seymour Johnson was deployed to Ubon Thailand in July 1972 and I was flying with that unit when I was shot down on 11 September 1972. I was captured that same day about 40 miles northeast of Hanoi and was held as a POW until March 29, 1973. My stay in Hanoi was very brief and I am trying to forget about it as quickly as I can. When I think of the faith, courage, strength, and devotion to America displayed by those POWs who spent so many long years in Hell, I am awed beyond words and I tend to think of my own experience as being insignificant beyond mention. Those guys are my heroes.
Jerome and his wife Leanna reside in Georgia.