DONALD, MYRON LEE

Name: Myron Lee Donald
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Unit: 497th TFS
Date of Birth: 20 May 1943
Home City of Record: Moravia NY
Date of Loss: 23 February 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212400N 1071500E (XJ848654)
Status (in 1973): Released POW
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D
Missions: 27 Laos; 47 North Vietnam
Other Personnel in Incident: Laird Guttersen (released POW)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 March 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 2023.

REMARKS: 730314 RELSD BY DRV
 


June 2022, Greenville, SC
49th POW Anniversary Reunion of Homecoming

SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served
a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and
electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2),
and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission
type). The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and
high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes
around.

Lt. Myron L. Donald served as weapons systems operator in a Phantom
fighter/bomber flown by Major Laird Guttersen on a mission they were
assigned on February 23, 1968. While close to Hanoi, the aircraft was hit by
a missile from a MiG 21. Donald and Guttersen crash landed near Haiphong and
both were captured by the North Vietnamese. Both were released in March 1973
with other American POWs.

Donald and Guttersen received torture and deprivation in the hands of the
Vietnamese, but neither lost their will to survive. Donald says that the
POWs' sense of humor was one of the biggest things that kept them going. He
remembers times when POWs were in their cells with irons on hands and feet,
but laughing so hard that tears ran down their cheeks. This, he said, "drove
them crazy."

Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing,
prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S.
Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified
information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive
today. These reports are the source of serious distress to many returned
American prisoners. They had a code that no one could honorably return
unless all of the prisoners returned. Not only that code of honor, but the
honor of our country is at stake as long as even one man remains unjustly
held. It's time we brought our men home.

Myron L. Donald was promoted to the rank of Captain during his captivity.

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Myron Donald retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Col. He
resides in Arizona.
 

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