BRAZELTON, MICHAEL LEE
Name: Michael Lee Brazelton Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force Unit: 357th TFS Date of Birth: 12 March 1942 Home City of Record: Inglewood CA Date of Loss: 07 August 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 215500 North 1055100 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: 120 Other Personnel in Incident: none
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.
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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). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
MICHAEL LEE BRAZELTON Captain- United States Air Force Shot Down: August 7, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973
Captain Brazelton was born 19 March 1942. His home town is Inglewood, California. He attended the Morningside High School and Northrop Institute of Technology. He has a BS Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He attended the Air Force Officer Training School from February 1964 to May 1964; the Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas from June 1964 to July 1965; F-105 Combat Crew Training Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada from July 1965 to December 1965. He was part of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli AFB, Thailand from January 1966 to August 1966.
Captain Brazelton was shot down by flak on 7 August 1966 at Thai Nguyen on his 120th combat mission. He holds the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air medals. He has 330 hours combat flying time.
Captain Brazelton's message:
"After spending six and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, it is an understatement to say that 'It's good to be home.' The experience that I and my compatriots underwent was, without a doubt, a filthy, frustrating, boring, monotonous, heart-breaking, uncomfortable, and (many times) painful existence.
"The extraordinary praise that has been directed at us since our return is, we feel, undeserved. It seemed obvious that we should have conducted ourselves as we did while prisoners. As military officers and men we did nothing more than what was our duty.
"The tremendous and enthusiastic reception that was part of home-coming has made me super-proud that I am an American. After looking at the face of the enemy for a considerable period of time, there is no doubt in my mind that the United States is the paragon of freedom regardless of imperfections that may exist.
"Those of us who were prisoners during this conflict have as much esteem and respect for our countrymen who supported their POWs as Americans seem to have for us. That support and devotion greatly helped our morale and physical well-being. Without it, many of us would not have returned with the good health, both physical and mental, that we did. And, perhaps, some might not have returned at all.
"When I try to think of the most profound statement possible with which I can express my thoughts, all I can say is: 'It's good to be home!' " ==============================
Michael Brazelton retired from the United States Air Force as a Col. He and his family reside in Virginia. On August 5, 1999, Michael lost his dearly beloved, Antonieta (Tonya) after a long struggle with cancer. Michael and their three daughters were with her when she died peacefully in her sleep.