TANNER, CHARLES NELS RIP - 06/11/2015 Name: Charles Nels Tanner Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy, pilot Unit: VF 154 Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Covington TN Date of Loss: 09 October 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 203100N 1055000E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B #152993 Missions: 125 Incident No: 0490 Other Personnel in Incident: Ross Terry, returnee 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: 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 CHARLES N. TANNER Commander - United States Navy Shot Down: October 9, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973 I was flying an F-4B from VF-154 off the USS Coral Sea. Commander Ross Terry was flying as my Radar Intercept Officer. We were shot down and captured near Phu Ly, North Vietnam on 9 October 1966. The internment was typical, with torture, solitary, etc. We were not injured prior to capture. We were released March 14, 1973. My wife, Sara Ann, my daughter, Cyndi (19), and my son, Charley (13) live in Covington, Tennessee. Sara Ann and I were born here, and met and married here. Editor's Note: At an address before the Tennessee State Legislature shortly after his return, Commander Tanner said, "We Americans take our great land too much for granted. Some are so busy criticizing that they cannot see its greatness. Faith has been reserved, in many cases, for material things. You can lose every material thing you possess in one split-second. I have experienced this and I have found that there is only one thing that cannot be taken away from you. That is faith - in God and in Country."
Charles Tanner retired from the United States Navy as a Captain.
June 12, 2015
It is with great sadness that I must tell you that my old and faithful cellmate of many years passed away in Tallahassee, FL last night (11 Jun). He had suffered for over ten years with throat cancer and was recently moved from his home in Covington, TN to be near his daughter in Tallahassee. His wife, Sara Ann, called me this morning with the news. I will forward the details regarding his funeral when they get firmed up, but it will occur in Covington, TN. You might recall that Nels spoofed his captors with the name of his squadron CO, Ben Casey . . . a mythical TV star of that time.
His funeral will be on Tuesday, 16 June 2015, in Covington, TN. Visitation at 1300; church service at 1400; reception afterwards. Church and cemetery are located at 4600 Mt. Carmel Road in Covington.
God bless him . . . he got me through some rough times. Best, Bob Shumaker
Hero of Vietnam War, Cmdr. Nels Tanner, dies By Brian Blackley, Publisher Published: June 12, 2015 THE LEADER, COVINGTON TN Cmdr. Charles Nels Tanner, 82, a hero of the Vietnam War and Covington, Tenn., native, who endured torture at the hands of the Vietcong in the dreaded Hanoi Hilton during his six and a half years of captivity, died today in Florida....