DUART, DAVID HENRY DECEASED 09/10/2003
Name: Henry David Duart Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: 13 TFS Korat AB Thailand Date of Birth: 25 December 1934 Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 18 February 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 183400 North 1055200 East (Ha Tinh 15 miles SE Vinh) Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105F Wild Weasel Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Jay Jensen, returnee Refno: 0596
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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).
DAVID H. DUART Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: February 18, 1967 Released: March 4, 1973
I enlisted in the United States Air Force on 22 April 1954 and graduated from flight school on 2 August 1955. My wife, Helen, and I were married on 4 August 1956 and we have three children, Pamela, born 1958, Brian, in 1960, and Susan, born in 1964.
My F-105 was hit by a Surface to Air Missile over North Vietnam on the 18th of February, 1967. I was captured immediately upon reaching the ground by the local militia. For the next six years I lived in various camps in and around Hanoi, including the Hanoi Hilton and The Zoo.
I believe that the concern of the American people led by the various POW/MIA organizations and the United States government was directly responsible for the improvement of the treatment of the POW's in North Vietnam beginning in late 1969. I am eternally grateful for this tremendous effort in our behalf. Although I will never be able to adequately express my thankfulness to each of you, I will quote a poem by Helen Steiner Rice that I wish I had written for you.
THE WORLD NEEDS FRIENDLY FOLKS LIKE YOU
In this troubled world it's refreshing to find Someone who still has the time to be kind,
Someone who still has the faith to believe That the more you give the more you receive,
Someone who's ready by thought, word or deed To reach out a hand in this hour of need.
I plan to stay in the Air Force and in this capacity, do what I can to re-pay my country and those who showed such great concern for my plight as a Prisoner of War.
Thank you and God Bless each of you.
==================== David Duart retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and Helen lived in Texas until his death after a long battle with lung cancer on September 10, 2003. He is buried at Ft Sam Huston, San Antonio, TX.