WENDELL, JOHN HENRY JR. RIP 10/24/2009 Name: John Henry Wendell Jr. Branch/Rank: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE/O3 Unit: 333 TFS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: HOUSTON TX Date of Loss: 07-August-66 Country of Loss: NORTH VIETNAM Loss Coordinates: 212500 North 1060400 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: 67 Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0418 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 and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. REMARKS: 730304 RELEASED BY DRV RET LTCOL/WIFE BEBE/LIVE TX No further information available at this time.
John Henry Wendell Jr. (1935 - 2009)
John Henry Wendell Jr., 73, formerly of Fort Worth, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, transitioned peacefully Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, surrounded in love by his family.....
Published in Star-Telegram from October 26 to October 27, 2009
DALLAS -- ....A piece of shrapnel from a Soviet built SAM caused his aircraft to be enveloped in flames. His immediate capture was the prologue to a saga of 2,370 days of captivity by the North Vietnamese, where he survived stark conditions and unbridled cruelty. Ever the optimist, he viewed this period of his life as his single greatest learning experience, finding comfort in caring for his fellow prisoners of war......