TANNER, CHARLES NELS 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. He and his wife Sara reside in Tennessee.