CHAUNCEY, ARVIN ROY Name: Arvin Roy Chauncey Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy, pilot Unit: VA 212 Date of Birth: 10 November 1935 Home City of Record: Glendale CA Date of Loss: 31 May 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213400 North 1063000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E Missions: 57 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 ARVIN R. CHAUNCEY Commander - United States Navy Shot Down: May 31,1967 Released: March 4, 1973 On 31 May 1967 I was leading the second division of A4-E aircraft on a strike against Kep Airfield north of Hanoi. Just short of the target we encountered a heavy barrage of AAA fire, and I was hit. That fateful encounter with a piece of lifeless metal drastically changed my life. I became another of the growing number of POWs in Hanoi. I, and many others, refer to that day as "the day that I died." The weeks, months, and years were hard in their ways, but rewarding in others. I learned about life. I dreamed of a new life someday. I realized all that I had lost, all that I had so easily taken for granted. Above all, I now knew that besides the precious gift of life, the fact that I was born an American ran a close second to that first God given blessing. I prayed to be given the chance to return to this wonderful land, its people and ideals, its freedoms and opportunities. There were times of despair when I felt I existed in a vacuum of darkness, but always my faith in God, country and family would overwhelm that emptiness and carry me on to the next hour, day or year. My fellow Americans were always there in time of sickness, despair, happiness or joy. We learned comradeship, loyalty and faith in each other. You can't beat down or stop Americans when they attain what we did together. We did it! We had to do it! If it can be done under those trying circumstances, its a piece of cake to attain it here in America. Just try! I may have died on 31 May 1967, but I was given a new life on 4 March 1973. I can not express the feeling I had when I became a free American. I was indeed reborn to a land of wonderful, sincere, caring people. Our welcome home by all you wonderful people is beyond description. I never dreamed that the POWs were thought of outside our immediate families and government personnel directly involved with the issue. To all of you I sincerely express my deep gratitude for all you have done on my and my fellow POWs behalf. God bless you all. You're the greatest! I intend to continue my career in the US Navy. I want to fly again, go to school for a master's degree, and then someday, after retirement, teach school. My outlook on life is a bright and happy future. Life is full of experiences. Hanoi imprisonment was but one of them. I profited by it, because I now know what America means to me. ==================== Arvin Chauncey retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Joanne reside in Minnesota. They have been married 25 years. They have four children between them. ====================
Bracelet Links Two Veterans
... Bruce Pozzi has owned a bracelet with the name Arvin Chauncey inscribed on it. ... who spent 6 years as a Prisoner of War (POW) during the Vietnam War.