SPENCER, WILLIAM A. Name: William A. Spencer Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force Unit: VF 92 Date of Birth: Home City of Record: San Juan TX Date of Loss: 05 July 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212600N 1062400E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 67 Other Personnel in Incident: BRIAN SEEK~RETURNEE Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 06 September 1996 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 032973 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). WILLIAM A. SPENCER Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: July 5, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 I was one of the relatively "new guys" in Hanoi for I spent only a little short of nine months there. I can honestly say that my period of confinement was not a complete waste. I feel that I learned some valuable things about myself that perhaps could not have been learned under different conditions. Also, I met some of the most impressive men I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Most important was my renewed love of country, life, and family. My wife really did a beautiful job while I was gone. She got busy with positive action instead of feeling sorry for herself. We both have a stronger feeling for each other after this experience. I'm very proud of the POW/MIA wives, for in many ways their tasks were more difficult than those of their husbands. I am very proud to have been able to serve such a wonderful country. I think we can thank the present administration for the honorable way in which we were allowed to return. Let us all continue to pray for all those who have not been accounted for. It is the greatest experience of my life to have returned to my family, friends, and country. The warm reception that we POWs have received has truly been a heartwarming experience.
William Spencer retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife Davina reside in Utah.