HYATT, LEO GREGORY Name: Leo Gregory Hyatt Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy, pilot Unit: RVAH 12 Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Salem NH 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: Wayne Goodermore, 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. 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 LEO G. HYATT Commander - United States Navy Shot Down: August 13, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973 I am originally from New Hampshire. I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1957 and flew F-8's in my first tour. However, I went to Vietnam in the RA5C and was shot down over North Vietnam on 13 August 1967. Injuries to my left shoulder probably can not be corrected after so long a time nor will the 67 months of captivity ever be redeemable for me, my wife, or our two children. However, it was a small price to pay to help guarantee the freedom of millions of people in South Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia. Thousands paid the supreme sacrifice while other thousands were maimed. We Americans must learn to accept our responsibilities to mankind to do all in our power to keep men from coming under the enslavement of the cancer to man's civilization - Communism. We must forever work to attain our goals through four responsibilities: Responsible Political Leadership - no more aiding or abetting or providing better propaganda for the enemy than he is capable of producing himself. Responsible Press - tell it like it really is but tell "both" sides and not just the sensational caused by the noisy minority. Responsible Educators - let us not allow the Communists to infiltrate our schools any longer and corrupt the minds of our impressionable youth, and at the same time, let us teach our people what America is all about. Responsible Citizens - use your right to vote, be proud and patriotic and quit being the silent majority. Our President and nation needs your support. While in captivity, I was surrounded by men who displayed such fantastic fortitude, honor and devotion to country that it was impossible to be otherwise. God bless them, our country and those Americans who believe in America and do not spend their every breath criticizing her and trying to tear her apart. Let us make this country once again of the people, for the people, and by the people - the majority of the people - and give thanks each day that we were fortunate enough to be born Americans in the greatest, finest country in the history of man.
Leo Hyatt retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Barbara reside in Florida.
Former POW tells his story
By Johna Strickland
Published: Friday, September 24, 2010 12:27 PM EDT
Capt. Leo Hyatt, a retired Navy aviator, was held as a prisoner of war for 2,040 days.....