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:
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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.
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.
Michael and his wife Dawn reside in California.