RIP  2/13/2024

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1973, Dallas

CC: from Joe M...  On Saturday 30 September 2023, five former fellow Vietnam POWs joined BG Norman Gaddis in Raleigh NC to celebrate his 100th Birthday. They were (L to R): Norm McDaniel, Joe Milligan, Tom McNish, Tad Sienicki; and Dick Francis (not pictured).

Name: Norman Carl Gaddis
Rank/Branch: O6/US Air Force
Unit: 558 TFS Cam Ranh Bay  12 TFW
Date of Birth: 30 September 1923
Home City of Record: Knoxville TN (family was in Winston/Salem NC)
Date of Loss: 12 May 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 205900N 10592900 (WJ526201)  (USG records)
        Loss coordinates per NG: 205856N 1053022E
        James Jefferson's loss coordinates: 205856N 1053022E (USG records)
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C
Missions: 73
Note: F-84G Fighter Pilot in the Korean War, TDY 31st TFW
Other Personnel In Incident: James M. Jefferson (missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project  from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated loss coordinates by
the P.O.W. NETWORK 2024.


SYNOPSIS: James M. Jefferson left sunny Florida to attend the United States
Air Force Academy, where his brother had graduated in 1959. In 1964,
Jefferson graduated and embarked on what seemed to be a promising career
with the Air Force. After being trained on the F4 Phantom fighter jet, he
was sent to Vietnam.

On May 12, 1967, Col. Norman C. Gaddis, with 1Lt. Jefferson serving as his
bombardier/navigator, were sent on a mission over North Vietnam. When the
flight was near the border of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh Provinces, North Vietnam,
it was hit by enemy fire and crashed. Jefferson, as backseater, ejected
first. Gaddis ejected second and was immediately captured by the North

While Gaddis was a prisoner, he was shown a name tag and other items
belonging to his crewman, which were in good condition. He believed that
Jefferson had also been captured, although he never found him in the prison
system in which he was being held. As the years passed, he began to lose
hope of finding Jefferson alive.

In 1973, Gaddis was released with 590 other Americans. Shortly after his
release, Gaddis referred to some 300 Americans still in prison in Vietnam.
He publicly endorsed payment of reconstruction aid as a means of stability
in Southeast Asia. President Nixon had promised reconstruction aid to the
Vietnamese, but Congress ultimately vetoed its appropriation.

James M. Jefferson was not released, nor have the Vietnamese accounted for
him since that day. His fate is unknown, like nearly 2500 other Americans
still missing from Southeast Asia. Although the Vietnamese clearly know what
happened to Jefferson, the U.S. has been helpless to extract that
information from them.

Since 1973, over 10,000 reports have been received, convincing many experts
that hundreds of Americans are still alive in the hands of the governments
of Southeast Asia. One of them could be James M. Jefferson. What are we
doing to bring him home?

James M. Jefferson was promoted to the rank of Major during the period he was
maintained Missing in Action..

Norman Gaddis retired from the United States Air Force as a Brig. General.
He and his wife Hazel reside in North Carolina.


Hazel Gaddis, B/G Norman Gaddis' beloved wife passed away early Sunday
morning, 14 October, 2007 in a Rehabilitation Center in Greensboro, NC.
Several months ago doctors determined that Hazel had Myelo-Sierosis, an
incurable blood disease (It is akin to Leukemia.). Unfortunately, the
disease was more than she could overcome, and she passed away peacefully
with Norm at her bedside.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
Hematology Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.


POW bracelet proves powerful connection   04/18/2015
As high schoolers, the women, like many other teens, donned the bracelet of a prisoner of war. Each one carried the name of a service member still ...

June 8, 2015

Brig. Gen. Norman C. Gaddis has published his story of his time as a
Prisoner of War during Vietnam.

The link will get you to the Amazon Kindle page - just $4.99 for Kindle


CC: we learned from T Gaddis......

Dad passed around 6pm on 13 February, peacefully in his sleep. The family was with him through the day.

We have all told ourselves that Dad had a Valentine's date with Mom that he didn't want to be late for.



CC: from T Gaddis......

A celebration of life for BGen Norm Gaddis will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (3639 Old Chapel Hill Road; Durham, NC) on April 6 at 11 AM, followed by a reception.

The celebration is open to the public.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.



T Gaddis