LINDLAND, DONALD FREDERICK Remains Returned 03 June 1983
Name: Donald Frederick Lindland Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy Unit: Date of Birth: 22 August 1936 Home City of Record: Eugene OR Date of Loss: 06 September 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 204610N 1063800E (XH700972) Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War Category: 1 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A Refno: 1919 Other Personnel in Incident: Roger G. Lerseth (released POW)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.
REMARKS: STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR-SEEN ON GND-PW CRWMB TOLD DED
SYNOPSIS: The Grumman A6 Intruder is a two-man all weather, low-altitude, carrier-based attack plane, with versions adapted as aerial tanker and electronic warfare platform. The A6A primarily flew close-air-support, all-weather and night attacks on enemy troop concentrations, and night interdiction missions. The planes were credited with some of the most difficult single-plane strikes in the war, including the destruction of the Hai Duong bridge between Hanoi and Haiphong by a single A6. Their missions were tough, but their crews among the most talented and most courageous to serve the United States.
Donald F. Lindland was the pilot of an A6A sent on a combat mission near Haiphong, North Vietnam on September 6, 1972. His bombardier/navigator on the flight was Lt. Roger G. Lerseth. During the mission the aircraft was shot down and both crewmembers ejected.
Lerseth was captured by the Vietnamese and taken to Hanoi. Lindland was seen running on the ground with Lerseth after ejection, and is known to have evaded capture for 24 hours. Hanoi radio reported that the "aggressor pilots" had been captured, but Lerseth was told by the Vietnamese that Lindland was dead.
In February 1973, Lerseth was released with 591 Americans from Vietnam. He had been a "guest" in the Hanoi prison system for the relatively short period of five months.
Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive today. These reports are the source of serious distress to many returned American prisoners. They had a code that no one could honorably return unless all of the prisoners returned. Not only that code of honor, but the honor of our country is at stake as long as even one man remains unjustly held. It's time we brought our men home.
On June 3, 1983, the Vietnamese "discovered" and returned the remains of Donald F. Lindland to U.S. control. Alive or dead, Lindland was a prisoner of war for eleven years.