BLEVINS, JOHN CHARLES Name: John Charles Blevins Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force Unit: 357th TFS Date of Birth: 07 March 1939 Home City of Record: San Antonio TX Date of Loss: 09 September 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 21300N 1064200E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D, #4275 Missions: 85 Incident No: 0451 Other Personnel in Incident: none 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 JOHN C. BLEVINS Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: September 9, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973 "Freedom is a very dear subject to my heart," said Major John Blevins at a meeting honoring him. He defined freedom as "being free to read, write, question, 'do your own thing,' seek happiness, and the right to believe or not to believe. With freedom goes the responsibility to respect other people's freedom." When he was shot down six and one half years ago, he had a broken leg but he was given no aid. Instead, he was given a roommate immediately. He says he owes a debt greater than he could repay in a lifetime for the care given him by his roommate. Later a third man was added to their 12 x 12 foot room. There was little ventilation and no temperature control. It was a "hotbox" in the summer and around 35 degrees in the winter. The men were not allowed to work but were penned up 24 hours a day. The men were able to endure each others' company in these cramped quarters through "ideas and faith" which brought them together. Faith in God was the source of great strength to Major Blevins. He said that his captors knew the great strength which faith gave to the prisoners. "They feared what God can do." Although he and others requested a Bible, the request was denied, as were religious services until the last year or so, except Christmas. Anti-war protestors, in conjunction with the North Vietnamese, contributed to the agony of the prisoners of war. The prisoners were tortured by the North Vietnamese whenever anti-war protestors visited the camps, in an attempt to make the prisoners agree to see them. Major Blevins describes Country as "It is more than cities, mountains, and rivers. People make the country and I have met none finer than here in the United States and my fellow prisoners of war." He was elated at his welcome home and leaves this message to his countrymen: "Guard your freedom with your lives. Without freedom, life is but a poor existence." ============================= John Blevins retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife Judy reside in Texas.
John and Judy lost their son Jeff, March 11, 2011. Jeff Blevins was 47.