CALLAGHAN, PETER ALFRED Name: Peter Alfred Callaghan Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force Unit: 334th TFS Date of Birth: 23 April 1946 Home City of Record: Long Island NY Date of Loss: 21 June 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212300 North 1050600 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: George Rose, returnee, pilot Refno: 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: 730328 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 PETER A. CALLAGHAN Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: June 21, 1972 Released: March 28, 1973 To the American People: Thank you so much for your concern, your prayers, and your thoughtfulness to me. I am convinced in my own mind that the reason I am home safely today is because of your individual prayers and efforts. I thank God every day for letting me return to my country and her wonderful people - people like you. I would like to tell you a little about myself so I can be more to you than just a name on a bracelet. I became 27 years old on April 23, 1973 and I am married to a beautiful girl, Annelle, who, like myself is from Long Island, New York. When I had been in Hanoi for about five months, I found out that I had become a father. My wife had a baby girl, Coleen Louise, born on September 17, 1972. Naturally, I was very happy about the news, and now the three of us are reunited and I feel like I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world. I was in North Vietnam for just over nine months, and I guess my treatment was the same as all the other guys shot down in 1971 and 1972. The treatment of the prisoners improved in 1970 because of all the letters and concern shown by Americans like you. For this I am forever in your debt. We had a steadfast rule in all the prison camps in North Vietnam. It is un-Christian and un-American not to forgive people for their past misdeeds. I firmly believe this and I feel no bitterness towards my captors. Feelings of revenge and hatred are burdens too large for me to carry; I have too much living to do. I have too much to be thankful for, thankful to God and thankful to you for getting me home. I am honored to be your friend. You are the "beautiful people" I keep hearing about. Thank you for everything you've done for me; I shall never forget your thoughtfulness and how happy you've made me. --------------------------
Peter Callaghan retired from the United States AIr Force as a Lt. Col. He resides in Guam.