LARSON, GORDON ALBERT Name: Gordon Albert Larson Rank/Branch: O5/United States Air Force Unit: 469th Squadron Commander Date of Birth: 15 November 1927 Home City of Record: Winona MN Date of Loss: 05 May 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 205000 North 1051000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: 94 1/2 Served in United States Navy in WWII and Korea 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. REMARKS: 730304 RELEASED BY DRV GORDON A. LARSON Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: May 5, 1967 Released : March 5, 1973 Bio of Gordon A. Larson--Hanoi May 67 to Mar 73. Born Winona, Mn., 1927. Graduated from High School, June 1945 and entered Navy V-5 pilot training. (same class as Harry Jenkins) When war in Japan ended, reverted to V-6 and was discharged in August 1946. Returned to school under GI Bill until entry into Aviation Cadet training in September 1948. Graduated from Nellis flying P-51s, in September 1949. Tours were Germany, 1949 to 1952 flying P-47s and F-84s. 1952 to 1955, Del Rio as wing Standardization Officer and Wing Gunnery Officer. Attended Fighter Weapons School at Nellis (1953). Fighter Weapons School instructor, Luke AFB, 1955 to 1957. Squadron Operations Officer, F-86s, Osan, Korea 1957 to 1958. Lockbourn AFB, Ohio, 1958 to 1960. B-47 Aircraft Commander. Homestead AFB, Fl., 1960 to 1966. B-52H Aircraft Commander and Group Staff. Volunteered for Vietnam, flying fighters, and went through short upgrading course at Nellis in F-105s. Assigned to Korat AB, Thailand in November 1996 as Squadron Commander, 469th Squadron. Flew 94 1/2 missions until shot down over Hanoi, April 1967, by SAM. Severe compression fractures in back and fractured knees due to high speed ejection in excess of Mach 1. Severely tortured in three week long interrogations, without any medical treatment. Contracted severe Kidney disease in 1968. Released in March 1973 and returned to my wife and children in San Antonio, Texas. I have two sons, Michael and Robert, and one daughter, Pamela. I was medically retired from the Air Force in 1974. I became a Stock Broker, and later entered a successful real estate career. In 1980 got interested in oil production, and formed my own small oil company and successfully drilled shallow oil wells South of San Antonio. I became interested in horses and moved to a small horse farm South of San Antonio, where we raised and successfully raced, Quarter Horses. I had my first heart attack in 1982, and had another in 1991, which necessitated surgery and selling the farm to move back to San Antonio to a less stressful life. I still own and race several horses every year.
That pic was taken the evening after my shoot down and interrogation. I was still in shock. I was being shown to the press and was still in shock. Cheers, Swede