STIRM, ROEBRT LEWIS Name: Robert Lewis Stirm Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 333rd TFS Date of Birth: 1932 Home City of Record: San Francisco CA Date of Loss: 27 October 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213400 North 1053300 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Other Personnel in Incident: none 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: 730314 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 ROBERT LEWIS STIRM Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: October 27, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973 I was born 41 years ago in San Francisco, California. I attended San Mateo Park School, San Mateo High School, and San Mateo Junior College, California. I then went to the University of Colorado where I studied Mechanical Engineering. I entered Aviation Cades in the summer of 1973. My operational assignments were: 96 FTR INTCP SQ, Newcastle County ARPT, F-94C 57 FTR INTCP SQ, Keflavik, Iceland, F-89C/D 432 FTR INTCP SQ, Minneapolis International, F-89D/H 54 FTR INTCP SQ, Ellsworth AFB, F-X9J 64 FTR INTCP SQ, McCord AFB, F-102 318 FTR INTCP SQ, McCord AFB, F-106 32 FTR INTCP SQ, So. Esterberg, F-102 333 TAC FTR SQ, Tahkli, F-105 In addition, I flew the F-86D in training and spent three years on a Tactical Evaluation team as an F-106 pilot. I also have a bit of T-39, T-33 and B-25 time. My total flying time is 3700 hours. I went to SQ Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, Instrument Pilot Instructor School, and took a course in Interceptor Weapons School. I have been flight Commander for several squadrons, Training Evaluation Officer, and was the Training and Project Officer. I flew on the winning NATO-AI RCENT Fighter Competition team and was high scoring pilot on the 32 FIS winning "William Tell-1965" team. On 6 February 1955 I was married and I have four children, Lorrie Alynne, Robert L. Jr., Roger David and Cynthia Leigh. They all reside in Foster City, California. I am a member of the Episcopal Church, I like photography, woodworking, skiing, swimming and sailing. l am unsure of my future plans. I will possibly stay in the Air Force and attend the Air War College, or I may retire and work in the San Francisco Bay area. I was shot down over Hanoi 27 October 1967 while leading a flight of F-105Ds on Canal Des Rapides Bridge. They captured me immediately on landing and I was displayed in Hanoi that night. I was detained in various cells of five different POW camps and was in solitary confinement a total of 281 days. They turned me over to US control on 14 March 1973. During my imprisonment in North Vietnam, I had an outstanding opportunity to take an introspective look at myself in the past and in the present, and reaffirm my faith and confidence in Christianity, our government, and our way of life. I reviewed as much of my past life as I could remember, which, surprisingly enough, was more than I would otherwise believe, and evaluated for myself my lifetime objectives and goals. I never once lost faith in our government, our President, or my family. With the help of other POWs, I was able to understand a little more of Christianity and its importance in my life. God has truly blessed our Flag, our Nation and the American People. Those many heartrending letters I've received proved to be an overwhelming emotional experience and I am truly grateful to the patriotically spirited citizens. I thank you all and may God bless you. ==================== Robert Stirm retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He lives in California.