ALBERT, KEITH ALEXANDER
Name: Keith Albert Alexander Rank/Branch: United States Army/E4 Unit: 937 ENG GR Date of Birth: 25 March 1949 Home City of Record: Thibodeaus LA Date of Loss: 21 May 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 115148 North 1082752 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: 2 Track Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 1622
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. Updated in 1999.
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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).
KEITH ALBERT Specialist 4 - United States Army Captured: May 21, 1970 Released: February 12, 1973
Since becoming a prisoner of the Viet Cong, no one - his family, his friends, or even the Army had heard from him. He wasn't a verified POW until the cease fire was signed and Hanoi released the official POW list.
While a POW he was locked in a wooden cage with chains shackled to his ankles. In the confinement he occupied his time working algebra problems, playing chess with makeshift cardboard pieces, and making rosaries and bracelets from stones and tin cans.
On his return home from the prison camps he wore some beads and a cross he made while serving as a POW. He said he looked forward to seeing his brother's child, who was born after his capture, but he tried not to think of home too much because "it got me down". He prayed for the war to end, expected the worst as he made the stone rosary to pass the time which moved so slowly.
The things he loved most were getting out of the elevator at Brooke Army Hospital, where he first saw his family, flying to New Orleans and the great reception at home. He also delighted in shopping at the Post Exchange at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines where "just being able to spend money was a treat, a real unusual experience".
"It's just beautiful, really beautiful. Great to be home!"
Keith and his family reside in Louisiana. He has received hundreds of bracelets and letters since his return home.