SPARKS, JOHN GEORGE Name: John George Sparks Rank/Branch: United States Army/E3 Unit: 245 AV CO 212 AV BN 16 AV GP Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Chattanooga TN Date of Loss: 24 April 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 161754 North 1071935 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OV1A 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. REMARKS: 730316 RELEASED BY PRG
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). JOHN G. SPARKS Specialist 6 - United States Army Shot Down: April 24, 1968 Released: March 16, 1973 It's really hard to understand what life in a prison camp is really like unless you've experienced it. The most vivid explanation cannot be expressed in a few words, but I can say that I've experienced much in the last few years. I've learned much about myself and my country; enough to really know what my country and its people mean to me There could have been no greater show of a people's love for their country than the welcome they gave to us upon our return, and I will be forever grateful to them for it, for giving me a new life, a life without cause to suffer or to look, with great expectation, toward a more meaningful future, only to find none No, that is all over and now I do have a future well worth the sacrifice, a future with which I pray God I may only use in the service of my country and to the avail of the magnificent people that make America the great country it is and shall always be.
John and his wife Lyndie reside in Tennessee.