KIRK, THOMAS H.
Name: Thomas H. Kirk Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O5 Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Portsmounth VA Date of Loss: 28 Oct 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 205000 North 10547000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: 166 Served in Korea Other Personnel in Incident:
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 spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
THOMAS HENRY KIRK JR. Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: October 28, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973
Alas, the trial is past, and as one of the happiest citizens of these great and wonderful United States, I return home. Amidst the gamut of emotions - all of which radiate with happiness and thanksgiving - I find myself lying awake at night reflecting on ever so many different things. Strangely enough, the bad things are soon forgotten and the most overwhelming emotion which prevails, and indeed permeates, my entire being in these days, is thanksgiving.
Thanks to the Almighty God for my life and health.
Thanks to our great President Nixon for his faith and support to bring us home with honor.
Thanks to, and pride in, my wonderful wife, Jolanda, for her love, courage and strength during the long wait.
Thanks to the millions of Americans who never stopped working to bring us home. Thanks for being a citizen of these wonderful United States.
I see myself as a man who has lived daily in an environment completely devoid of freedom, not only as a prisoner but as an observer of an entire society without freedom. I realize so deeply the meaning and value of our American heritage. Patriotism has become, for many, a "corny" thing. For me, it is more important than at any time in my life. To my fellow ex-POWs and to our great country, I pledge myself to be a responsible citizen, to work for rejuvenation of a patriotic spirit and to support our cherished institutions. How wonderful it is to be an American come home!
-------------- Thomas Kirk Jr. retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Ann reside in Colorado.
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