GOODERMOTE, WAYNE KEITH
Name: Wayne Keith Goodermote Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy Unit: RVAH 12 Date of Birth: 17 June 1943 Home City of Record: Troy NY Date of Loss: 13 August 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 215100 North 1064500 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C Missions: 33 Other Personnel in Incident: Leo Hyatt, returnee
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. Update in 2000 with information received from Holy Cross College, Assistant Archivist, Ms. Jo-Anne Carr.
REMARKS: 730314 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
WAYNE K. GOODERMOTE Lieutenant- United States Navy Shot Down: August 13, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973
I am the son of Loyal and Marion Goodermote of Berlin, New York; born in Troy, New York on June 17, 1943. I attended the Berlin Central School and graduated in 1961. A Naval Reserve Officer Candidate college scholarship came my way and henceforth took me to the University of Rochester. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and received my commission in June 1965. After spending two months with VA-42 at Oceania, Virginia, I entered Preflight/Naval Flight Officers School at Pensacola, Florida in September of 1965 and completed this program in February 1966. After two more Navy schools, I commenced training in May 1966 in the RA5C Vigilante as a Reconnaisance Attack Navigator and began operational squadron duty with RVAH-12 in January 1967. My squadron deployed in April 1967 aboard the USS Constellation and on my 33rd mission on August 13,19671 was shot down by anti-aircraft artillery.
These events summarize my "first life," and I say that quite honestly, because I am very fortunate to be alive as neither Lt. Cdr. Hyatt, my pilot, nor I remember ejecting from the aircraft. From this point forward captivity became a matter of putting one foot in front of the other to live each day as it came and to stay as physically and mentally fit as possible. Despite the many so-called "black days" or "black periods" there were many positive factors which I consider beneficial. I believe it was due to the aid of God and the "hang-together" attitude of the men there that kept me going. Because of the long periods spent locked inside and given nothing or little to do by my captors, mental stagnation was a problem. However, it was to be overcome. Hours of tapping on walls to each other, passing virtually all the information we had learned during our lives. Later, when we lived in larger groups, classes were held, covering every subject from languages and mathematics to literature and music. Again this was normally accomplished without the aid of books or training aids, except for those so ingeniously designed and hidden from the Vietnamese by my fellow POWs.
The friendships made, the bits and pieces of information learned from each other, the soul searching and self-insight, and a better understanding of the psychological make-up of man, will all contribute to making my new life much richer and more rewarding.
On March 14, 1973 it all ended as I stepped aboard that C-141 and began "life two". Presently, "life two" finds me doing exactly those things that I dreamed of doing during those years in captivity; attending the Navy's post-graduate program at the University of Colorado. I am obtaining my Masters Degree in Architecture, and upon completion in May of 1976, I will finish my career in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Regardless of where this realized dream leads me, one thing is certain; "life two" will be filled with happiness because of those things I learned in captivity and by once more being in constant contact with those great people called "Americans"! God Bless You!
The Knickerbocker News, Albany, NY Feb 21, 1974
Metroland POWs after year of Freedom: All stay in service as student or teacher By Carol Schlageter Chady
" A year ago right now we were filled with the joy of hope and the agony of fear," said Mrs. Loyal Goodermote of Berlin, recalling the wait for their son's name to be announced as a homecoming Vietnam prisoner of war....
Wayne Goodermote retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Patty reside in California.