O'CONNOR, MICHAEL FRANCIS
Name: Michael Francis O'Connor
Rank/Branch: United States Army
Unit:
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Warren MI
Date of Loss: 04 February 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162928 North  1073119 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1C
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno:
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 2010.
REMARKS: 730305 RELEASED BY PRG
Incident: Ron was my closest friend while I was with ARA.  Ron, Adler and
Reeves all volunteered for our last mission.  I think of them often.  They
were all heroes in the truest sense of the word.  Like all of our missions,
our last mission was to save our troops under heavy fire.  It was low
overcast so we were on the deck 5-10' and took hundreds of hits (it sounded
as if we were in a hail storm).  We lost hydraulics, radios, windshield,
etc. and rolled in.
Sincerely,
Michael F. O'Connor
NamPOW member

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).
                      
MICHAEL F. O'CONNOR
Chief Warrant Officer 2 - United States Army
Shot Down: February 4, 1968
Released: March 5, 1973
                      
People like you are the hope of America-and of the world. Because you cared
enough about someone else, you helped bring an end to many years of suffering
for us former POW's.
We live in the most influential nation in the world, and your active concern
for what this nation does, affects people throughout the world. There are
prisoners of war, who have no hope for a repatriation - for they live in a
nation of war. I hope that your humanitarian concern for me and the other
POW's isn't limited to our own national borders, and that you'll continue to
serve our country and all of humanity by your continued interest in the
welfare of others so that, hopefully, some day, we'll be able to free all of
the POW's.
Thank YOU for bringing me home.
God Bless Americans.
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Michael and his wife Dawn reside in California.
 
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