ETTMULIER, HARRY LAWRENCE
Name: Harry Lawrence Ettmullier Rank/Branch: United States Army/E5 Unit: DET 5 RVN Date of Birth: 10 November 1944 Home City of Record: Pleasantville NJ Date of Loss: 03 February 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162912 North 1073438 East (Hue) Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: 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.
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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).
HARRY L. ETTMUELLER Staff Sergeant - United States Army Captured: February 3, 1968 Released: March 5, 1973
"We heard the wing fins overhead at times. It was a tremendous joy to hear the B-52s going over. lt was exhilarating. That's what got me home." This statement reveals the enthusiasm of Sergeant Harry Ettmueller who returned home, his spirit unbroken after five years of imprisonment by the Viet Cong.
A crowd of 2500 echoed his enthusiasm in their cheers of welcome as they greeted him at the airport. The Army Band backed them up as it played "The Army Goes Rolling Along."
Sergeant Ettmueller was born in Pleasantville, N.J. in 1944 and first entered the Army in January 1963. He also trained at Fort Dix and was stationed at Fort Monmouth before being transferred to Korea. He served as a TV repairman and was then assigned to the Armed Forces Network Vietnam in April, 1967.
NETWORK NOTE: I was considered a Television Broadcast Engineer. I was chief engineer in Korea at the Pusan AFKN station then as a field advisor to the RVN military then to AFVN and up country to Hue City where we built the VN station and operated and maintained the US Military Station prior to and up to capture.
(due to the nature of the material here - copyrighted, QUOTED from We came Home - we feel it innappropriate to "edit" the work of others and hence added this note received from Harry Ettmueller.)
He was captured in the city of Hue when the city came under attack in February, 1968.
Ten years ago Sergeant Ettmueller enlisted. He returned from his first tour of duty in Vietnam in February 1967, then volunteered to go back. He called home on January 23rd, five years later President Nixon announced his peace plans on January 23rd and that was to bring the men home.
He stated that his captors made a mockery of religion and that his life, generally in the camp was like "living in a vacuum."
Through all this time his mother, Mrs. Bernice Ettmueller, believed that he would come home someday. She said, "I would have gone over to Vietnam myself, but I always knew he would be all right." Now he is home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ettmueller, and his sisters Doris and Loretta, who kept the Merry Christmas sign in the front window anticipating his return.
Sergeant Ettmueller finds a lot of changes have taken place since he left. "Women's clothes are for the better," he thinks. "Long hair's fine, but you have to look close to tell which is man or woman." As for the attitudes here, some are good and some are bad. He found it hard to believe that there was an anti-war movement; when his captors told him about it, he thought "they were a bunch of liars." However, his family remained constant. His initial reaction to being home is that the country has changed 25 years in five years. Much of it we can hope Sergeant Ettmueller will find for the better.
Harry and his two children reside in Texas.