KIRK, THOMAS H.
Name: Thomas H. Kirk
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O5
Unit: 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 1928
Home City of Record: Portsmounth VA
Date of Loss: 28 Oct 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 205000 North 10547000 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Served in Korea
Other Personnel in Incident:
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. 2020
REMARKS: 730314 RELEASED BY DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
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UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
THOMAS HENRY KIRK JR.
Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: October 28, 1967
Released: March 14, 1973
Alas, the trial is past, and as one of the happiest citizens of these great
and wonderful United States, I return home. Amidst the gamut of emotions - all
of which radiate with happiness and thanksgiving - I find myself lying awake
at night reflecting on ever so many different things. Strangely enough, the
bad things are soon forgotten and the most overwhelming emotion which
prevails, and indeed permeates, my entire being in these days, is
Thanks to the Almighty God for my life and health.
Thanks to our great President Nixon for his faith and support to bring us home
Thanks to, and pride in, my wonderful wife, Jolanda, for her love, courage and
strength during the long wait.
Thanks to the millions of Americans who never stopped working to bring us
home. Thanks for being a citizen of these wonderful United States.
I see myself as a man who has lived daily in an environment completely devoid
of freedom, not only as a prisoner but as an observer of an entire society
without freedom. I realize so deeply the meaning and value of our American
heritage. Patriotism has become, for many, a "corny" thing. For me, it is more
important than at any time in my life. To my fellow ex-POWs and to our great
country, I pledge myself to be a responsible citizen, to work for rejuvenation
of a patriotic spirit and to support our cherished institutions. How wonderful
it is to be an American come home!
Thomas Kirk Jr. retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He
and his wife Ann reside in Colorado.
Former POW visits Vail Mountain school
VAIL - Tom Kirk, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, recently told high
school students at Vail Mountain School about being imprisoned in the
notorious Hanoi Hilton......