FANT, ROBERT ST. CLAIR
Name: Robert St. Clair Fant
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Navy
Unit: VF 102
Date of Birth: 19 August 1938
Home City of Record: Anderson SC
Date of Loss: 25 July 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 184300 North 1054100 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Other Personnel in Incident: Parish, Charles
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. 2020
REMARKS: RELEASED MARCH 14 1973
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
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ROBERT ST. CLAIR FANT
Lieutenant Commander- United States Navy
Shot Down: July 25,1968
Released: March 14,1973
MILITARY SERVICE: USS Yorktown (CVS-10) January 1961 to September 1961.
Officer Candidate School August 1961 to February 1962. USS Waller (DD-466)
February 1962 to June 1964. Naval Flight Officer Training July 1964 to June
1965. Patrol Squadron Twenty Six (VP-26) July 1965 to January 1967. Fighter
Squadron One Hundred One (VP-101) January 1967 to June 1967. Fighter Squadron
One Hundred Two (VP-102) June 1967 to July 1968.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Anderson, South Carolina High School in 1956
and Clemson University in 1960 with a BS degree in Forestry.
FUTURE PLANS: To continue my Naval career in Aviation.
FAMILY: Seventeen days after release I was married to Miss Rebecca Otts of
Columbia, South Carolina.
SHOOT DOWN: I was on a bombing mission flying from the USS America when I was
shot down on 25 July 1968 near Vinh. I was captured immediately and imprisoned
for 56 months.
PERSONAL MESSAGE: Our honorable return home was the answer to my prayers and
the prayers of the citizens of our great country. We knew we would not be
forgotten and we were not forgotten. I think the most impressive aspect of
returning home was the overwhelming welcome and the open display of patriotism
by people everywhere.
Robert Fant Jr. retired from the United States Navy as a Commander. He and
Becky reside in Maine.