SPOON, DONALD R. Name: Donald R. Spoon Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force Unit: 480TFS Date of Birth: 22 December 41 Home City of Record: Mound City MO Date of Loss: 21 January 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213600N 1062800E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C, #0810 Incident No: 0580 Missions: 38 Other Personnel in Incident: William J. Baugh, returnee 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: 730304 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). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO DONALD RAY SPOON Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: January 21, 1967 Released: March 4, 1973 BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Mound City, Missouri on 22 December 1941. I lived there until 1952, then moved to Trenton, Missouri where I graduated from high school. While there I was active in the high school band (trombone 6 years), glee club, mixed chorus, and sports (football and track). I was also active in Boy Scouts and was a member of the Trenton Nazarene Church. I then attended one year of the Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1959 to March 1960. In June 1960 1 entered the Air Force Academy and graduated on June 3, 1964. While at the Academy I was active mainly in the Protestant Choir and the Chorale. I received a BS degree with a major in Engineering Science. From June 1964 to August 1965 I was in pilot training at Vance AFB, Enid, Oklahoma. September 1965 to February 1966 I attended F-4C training at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. After completing F4C training I reported to my first assignment-81st TAC Fighter Wing at RAF Bentwaters, England. I volunteered for Southeast Asia and was sent to Da Nang Air Base in the Republic of South Vietnam in late 1966. I flew about 40 missions and was shot down on a MIG Cap mission over Kep Air Field, North Vietnam on 21 January 1967. I was released 4 March 1973 and returned to the United States. SINCE RETURN I debriefed at Scott AFB, Illinois. While there I met Captain Alice Braswell. Our relationship grew and resulted in our marriage on 25 August 1973. We honeymooned in the St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and Jamaica. I requested to go to graduate school and reported to Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado on 4 June 1973 to start on my Masters Degree in Biological Science. I have completed my first quarter and have really enjoyed it. FUTURE Alice and I are looking forward to a wonderful life together. Our main ambition is to raise as many children as we can afford and give them all the love we have in us. In support of this major goal I hope to be able to attend medical school and become a physician. Alice is a nurse and has been a great help to me already. We are looking forward to this opportunity together. If I am not accepted to medical school, I plan to teach in the Life Science Department at the USAF Academy. My ambition to become a doctor has been heightened by the wonderful welcome home I received. I hope that in my capacity as a doctor I can continue to serve my country and the wonderful people therein. I plan to stay in the Air Force until I am kicked out. ====================
Donald Spoon retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel . He and his wife Alice reside in Texas.
Cobourg woman finds her soldier
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Cobourg resident Linda Roberts was a Toronto teenager and an outspoken opponent of the war in Vietnam in 1967, when she bought a $2 prisoner-of-war bracelet for American soldier Donald R. Spoon.....