BRODAK, JOHN WARREN Name:John Warren Brodak Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force Unit: 354th TFS Date of Birth: 20 February 1941 Home City of Record: Jennings MO Date of Loss: 14 August 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 192500 NOrth 1041100 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: 60+ 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. 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 W. BRODAK Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: August 14, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973 Major Brodak was born on February 20, 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Fairview High School in Jennings, Missouri and graduated in June 1957. He continued his education at Saint Louis University in St. Louis where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering in June 1961. He was commissioned into the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant the same day he received his degree in the ROTC program. After spending a year at Webb Air Force Base in Texas, he went on to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for a year, then on to Bitburg, AFB, Germany for two and a half years. He was sent to Southeast Asia in April 1966 where he flew an F-105. To the American people, the Major says: "I want to thank you for your expressions of concern for me and my comrades during our captivity. By wearing bracelets, writing letters and cards, you and others have visibly shown that I have returned to a nation of caring people. "I am feeling well, and it goes without saying that I am overjoyed at being home. In that joy, however, may I request that you and I not forget others who have given so much for their country. Again, thank you so much for your kindness toward me and my family. I would also like to thank everyone who so warmly welcomed all the men home." =========================== John Brodak retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Sheree reside in Tennessee.