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 Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4J Missions: 52 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.
REMARKS: RELEASED MARCH 14 1973
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
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.