VOGEL, RICHARD DALE

Name: Richard Dale Vogel
Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force
Unit:
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Willard OH
Date of Loss: 22 May 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 213500 North  1063100 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: David Baldwin, rescued

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. 2017.

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

RICHARD D. VOGEL
Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: May 22, 1967
Released: March 4, 1973
                      

I enlisted in the USAF on 27 July 1953. I received my wings, commission as a
Second Lieutenant, and was married to Betty Collins on 7 February 1955. I
have spent my entire career, up to 22 May 1967, flying tactical fighter
aircraft. I attended air command and Staff College in 1965-66.

I have a BA in Business from Capital University (1953) and a Master's Degree
in Business from George Washington University (1966). I am very happily
married to Betty and we have four wonderful children, three girls, age 16,
15, and 10, and a boy, age 12. I plan to attend Air War College 1973-74 and
remain in the Air Force as long as I feel I can be useful.

I was shot down and captured on 22 May 1967 while flying an F-4 aircraft. l
believe the one big factor that helped me endure my six years as a POW was
faith in God, my family, and the beliefs I had and still have of the United
States. It may sound "corny" to make such a statement, but it is true.
Certainly, there were bad days, dark days, and sad days. The Vietnamese did
their utmost to make us break faith with our ideals, but our ability to stick
together and bounce back when we were down never failed us. Thank you, all of
you, for the wonderful homecoming you have shown us.

Richard Vogel retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and
his wife Betty reside in Florida.

 

 
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