EVERETT, DAVID ANDERSON Name: David Anderson Everett Rank/Branch: United Statesd Navy/O2 Unit: FITRON 151 Date of Birth: 27 January 1947 Home City of Record: St Simons Island GA Date of Loss: 27 August 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 201800 North 1054600 East Status (in 1973): Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B 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. REMARKS: 730329 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 DAVID A. EVERETT Lieutenant J.G. - United States Naval Reserve Shot Down: August 27, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 David Anderson Everett was shot down August 27, 1972, while on a photo escort mission over North Vietnam. He was flying an F-4 Phantom of Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE operating from the USS MIDWAY (CVA-41). Lieutenant Everett was born on January 27, 1947, in Brunswick, Georgia, and received a bachelor's degree in Forestry from the University of Georgia in 1969. He enlisted in the Navy that year, entered the Aviation Officer Candidate program in Pensacola, Florida, and was commissioned Ensign in 1970. He, his wife, Mary Joe, and daughters, Allison and Katherine, presently reside in St. Simons Island, Georgia. In reflecting upon the experience I and my family underwent as a result of my having been shot down, captured, and held prisoner in North Vietnam, I recall one moment in particular I would like to share with you. I came amid the excitement of our return and the kaleidoscope of friendly faces and joyous moments of reunion with freedom. A long-time friend asked me, "What sustained you during your captivity?" Whatever else my reply may have been, I felt it was inadequate. In the ensuing months I've pondered that question many times, and while perhaps I've not yet found the ultimate answer, l've come to appreciate the complexity of the question. It would have been simple to state that my faith in God sustained me during the ordeal. I well remember my painful first night in Hanoi and finding a cross etched in the plaster wall of my cell. Certainly the crude reminder lifted my hope, and religion was a fundamental component of what sustained me in the days that followed. But it was not religious conviction alone that saw me through the crisis, rather a synthesis of my 25 years of living in America. I am grateful for having had the opportunities afforded me. To those many persons who helped so much to lighten the dark days in the prisons of Southeast Asia we remain forever indebted. NOTE: David Everett resides in Virginia.