Over the years, this Burleson man has received more than 1,000 bracelets from people all over the country.
But these are not ordinary bracelets, because Jerry
Singleton is no ordinary man.......
SINGLETON, JERRY ALLEN Name: Jerry Allen Singleton Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force Unit: DET 1, 38th ARS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Oklahoma City OK Date of Loss: 06 November 1965 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 202000N 1053000E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH3C Other Personnel in Incident: Warren Lilly, returnee, pilot; Arthur Cormier, returnee, pararescue; Sgt. Nagle, flight engineer, (burned, escaped, evaded, rescued) Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK March 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 021273 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). JERRY A. SINGLETON Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: November 6, 1965 Released: February 12, 1973 I grew up and attended high school in Oklahoma City. I attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated in 1962. After pilot training I was assigned to helicopters and in September of 1965, I went to Southeast Asia to fly CH-3C rescue helicopters (Jolly Green). Our mission was to recover American pilots downed over North Vietnam. The Jolly Green in which I was flying was shot down over North Vietnam on November 6, 1965 and I was captured. I was released on February 12, 1973. My wife, Bonnie, and I have a son, Rick, who was born after I was shot down. Our first meeting was a very happy day for me. We are living in a new home, the bad dream is over, the future is bright, and the three of us are very happy together. I will be taking about three years extended leave from the Air Force to attend Iaw school. After that I will go back on active duty with the Air Force. I was very pleased by the wonderfully warm welcome we received when we returned to the United States as free men. I was also very pleased to learn about the many people who supported or participated in efforts to make the North Vietnamese, Viet Cong, and the other communist captors in Southeast Asia treat us according to the Geneva Accords on Prisoners of War, and to obtain our release. I personally believe these efforts saved many lives of American Prisoners of War, and I am eternally grateful for your work, thoughts, and prayers in our behalf. I feel very fortunate now. My efforts as an American soldier in Vietnam only required a few years from me. Many men gave their lives proudly and unselfishly. We cannot do anything for these men now. We can't even say "Thank you!" But we can honor them by giving time and effort to make ourselves better citizens - and in so doing, make the United States of America an even better country. Our Country, the U.S.A., is not perfect, and it never will be. But it is the best in the world today. Love it, honor it, work for it, and protect it, and it will reward you many times over. God bless America ============================= Jerry Singleton became a Chaplain after his release. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife Barbara reside in Texas. =============================