BRADY, ALLEN COLBY Name: Allen Colby Brady Rank/Branch: O5/United States Navy, pilot Unit: VA 85 Date of Birth: 15 Augiust 1929 Home City of Record: Norfolk VA Date of Loss: 19 January 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A Missions: 17 Other Personnel in Incident: William Yarbrough, missing 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. 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 ALLEN C. BRADY Captain - United States Navy Shot Down: January 19, 1967 Released: March 4, 1973 I was born August 15, 1929 in San Diego, California. As my father was a Naval Officer and happened to be stationed there at the time, I can't really claim to be a Californian, instead, I consider myself to be an "American at large." I always wanted to go to Annapolis and then fly Navy and my dreams were finally realized. As a 51'er from Annapolis, I received my wings in June 1953 and started a wonderful and exciting career. After marrying Louise in South Carolina in 1953 with Richard arriving in 1956 and Lisa in 1959, I served in squadrons of A-1 's, A4's and A-6's, both east and west coasts. Other tours included Weapons Testing at Albuquerque, New Mexico and Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. In fact, everything was going great until that fateful day, 19 January 1967, when as Executive Officer of Attack Squadron 85, off the Kitty Hawk, I was leading a flight of A-6's against a bridge complex in North Vietnam. One minute I was confidently roaring through the sky, and the next, I was standing in a rice paddy wondering, "why me?" And thus began a new phase of my life - one that was to test my sanity, my faith in my country, family and my relationship to God. There were, of course, moments when any faith faltered - at those times, I had to fall back on my military training and the Code of Conduct which turned out to be a great "crutch." However, it was obvious to me that the Communists were only telling "their side" and that, coupled with the brutal and inhuman treatment made me see what "their way" meant, and the word "freedom" took on a new and deeper meaning. How truly wonderful and remarkable our country seemed, in spite of its many faults. My marriage has always been a strong one and this played no "small part" in helping me keep the faith. Finally, although not a deeply religious man, I found, in times of great stress, I called upon Him for strength, and found it. So what about the future? Since my return, I have found my family intact as I had hoped, and from the many wonderful letters I have received from so many people of ail walks of life, I have also found my country intact. I believe in our country and our way of life. I plan to continue to serve my country as long as I can contribute and I will walk through the remainder of my life as a more understanding father, a more loving husband and, I hope, a better citizen. ------------------------------- Allen Brady retired from the United States Navy as a Captain in 1979. He and his wife Dianne reside in Florida. Allen has a son and daughter, and one grandson.