Name: Jay Criddle Hess
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, Pilot
Unit: 357th TFS
Date of Birth: 09 May 1930
Home City of Record: Farmington UT
Date of Loss: 24 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 213900 North  1063500 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105
Missions: 33
Other Personnel in Incident: none

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. 2023


Jay Hess retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel on 1
November 1973. He and his wife Michelle reside in Utah.


BIO UPDATE 08/04/2020

Capt Jay Hess, F105D, near China border. 8-24-14 to 3-14-67.
After interrogation by Chinese, he was turned over to the NV. While marching down a trail, a soldier pulled out a pistol and tried to execute Jay by shooting him in the back of the head. Luckily, Jay was a hard-headed Mormon.The bullet bounced off his skull behind the right ear. Jay was knocked down, lots of blood. After the VN revived him, he was forced to continue marching down the trail with blood soaked clothes. He moved in with me. I got to see the open wound on his head. It healed with time.    MM

Oklahoma woman to present Jay Hess with his POW bracelet
Standard-Examiner    06/12/2015
Vietnam War POW bracelet to be returned Saturday to retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jay Hess at the Sounds of Freedom celebration. For 45 ...


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