FORD, DAVID E. RIP Oct 1 2013
Name: David E. Ford Rank/Branch: United States Air Force Unit: 432 TRW Date of Birth: 25 July 1935 Home City of Record: Wilson, CT Date of Loss: 19 November 67 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211000N 1054000E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
Other Personnel in Incident: Vernon P. Ligon, returnee (deceased)
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 29 December 1996 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 BY DRV 03/14/73
David Ford was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission.
In November, 1970, there was an unsuccessful attempt by the United States to rescue some POWs from a camp at Son Tay. Within the next few days all of the POWs were moved to downtown Hanoi to a large complex of jails named Hoalo Prison. We called it the Hanoi Hilton. Finally, after so many years, we were all in the same camp, with 25 to 56 men per cell. We became better organized militarily, academically, and religiously.
That Christmas season was a fairly good one for us. Many men had received packages from home and were allowed to keep the items in their cells. However, a few days before Christmas, the guards removed everything from the cells except for what they had given us. In October I had received my first letter from home, after more than four years as a prisoner. Included in the letter was a picture of Ruth and Kevin. I prized that picture more than anything in the world and I cannot describe my feelings when the guard took it away.
We began again to scrounge materials for academic purposes, etc. We drew names for gifts. Jim Sehorn gave me a wand and a pendulum to use with my course in hypnotism. I gave him the use of my services for a whole week to hold his legs while he did sit-ups and other exercises.
Christmas Eve the men put on an outstanding play. It was the POW version of Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol." Scrooge was played by Dave Ford with Jerry Venanzi directing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas carols sung by a 15-man choir. The singing was disrupted once when a Vietnamese attempted to take pictures through the barred windows.
David Ford retired from the United States Air Force after 31 years as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife, Janiece resided in Missouri until his passing.
Funeral: DAVID E FORD, Lt Col, US AIR FORCE Arlington National Cemetery Post Chapel 01/13/2014 - 10:45 AM