Name: Guy Dennis Gruters
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Sarasota FL
Date of Loss: 20 December 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 175700 North  1061700 East
Status (in 1973):
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100F
Other Personnel in Incident:
NOTE: United States Air Force Academy Graduate 1964


2021 - Guys Gruters (left) and Carl Janssen,
USAFA Class  of 68 Hospitality Room Host         


Official pre-capture photo

Sandy and Guy Gruters
June 2022, Greenville, SC
49th POW Anniversary Reunion of Homecoming

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. Updated 2004 with information from
Ryan Gruters.  2022


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).

Captain - United States Air Force
Shot Down: December 20, 1967
Released: March 14,1973

Captain Gruters, a lover of the out-of-doors and an avid tennis player, is
now reunited with his wife, Sandra, and daughters, Dawn and Sheryl, in
Sarasota, Florida. There he can enjoy his family and the delights of the
Florida beach area. "We love walking on the beach at night. I would love to
see Sarasota retain the advantages that it has for family recreation - its
natural beauty."

Guy has taken a job with IBM in New Jersey and is presently studying in
their training program. He was reported a prisoner of war on Dec. 20, 1967
and spent the following five years in a prison camp.

The American people contributed to his return, he thinks, by their faith and
their interest in the prisoners. He explains it this way: "Our family wishes
to humbly thank God for reuniting us, due, we believe, to the wonderful
prayers and concern shown by the American people."

Dear Sir,

My name is Ryan Gruters and I am the son of former POW Guy D. Gruters USAF
Ret.  Just a few clarifications and an update for your website on my father.

First, Dad retired as a Captain from the USAF in '73. He is also currently
retired from a full life of involvement in the Computer Industry as a
top-rated IBM salesman and then a personal computer company owner.  He flew
for Eastern Airlines on the side as well in the 1980's because he missed
flying so much. My dad had five more kids after the two that he had before
the war with the same woman (Sandy) whom he married before his second
shootdown in '67.

God has blessed the family immensely with three grandchildren (since the two
older kids were married) with hopefully more on the way as the rest of the
kids get through college and settle down.

Dad currently lives in Minster, Ohio and is enjoying being with a good part
of the family that has settled in the area, finding the time to garden,
write a book (set to be published soon), and travel a bit.

In Dad's spare time, he is giving talks around the country to various
military, ROTC, and civilian groups including the US Air Force Academy, ROTC
units in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Maryland, as well as at
a host of colleges and universities on the East Coast.  His message, while
certainly exciting (especially since he flew over 400 combat missions as a
Forward Air Controller, received two silver stars, two distinguished flying
crosses, one bronze star for valor, two purple hearts, over 20 air medals,
as well as being shot down twice and a prisoner for five years and four
months!), has a unique pro-military, pro-patriotism, pro-God message that is
suitable for all Americans regardless of creed, color, or even political
party.  It is hard to argue with a man who did what my father did!  Please
pray for him as he continues to spread the message of faith in captivity.

That is a brief summary of Guy D. Gruters and what he has been doing these
last thirty years.  He was shot down on December 20th, 1967 and returned in
March of '73. Dad asks that anyone who has kept his bracelet for so long,
continue to keep them. Feel free to email dad tho, at

       Thank you all,
                  Ryan T. Gruters - Son

This is to announce that the book "Locked Up With God" is now available as a printed copy on as well as an Epub on Kindle,
 Apple iBooks or Nook. The book has endorsements on the back cover and is ready to read. Hopefully, it will be a book that will be of value
to you. If you have not read it, you can now in printed form.
May God Bless You and Your Family,
Guy and Sandy

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Military tradition runs deep in some families, with generation after generation raising their right hand and swearing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. One family however, has continued to put its mark on military service even after inconceivable anguish struck during the Vietnam War.

In December 1967, the family was informed that one of their own, Capt. Guy Gruters, had been shot down and was now a prisoner of war. Guy sat for nearly five and a half years as a POW, with a portion of that span being at the notorious Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam. He endured extreme temperatures, torture, isolation and horrid living conditions. ...

OLD, not current announcement

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