MOLINARE, ALBERT RIC
Name: Albert Ric Molinare Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O3 Unit: VF-51 Date of Birth: Home City of Record: San Diego CA Date of Loss: 27 April 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 195700 North 1052500 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: James Souder, returnee Refno:
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. 2002.
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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).
ALBERT R. MOLINARE Lieutenant - United States Navy Shot Down: April 27, 1972 Released: March 28, 1973
I was captured by the North Vietnamese on April 27, 1972. I was flying a F-4B Phantom off the Coral Sea, which was operating in the Gulf of Tonkin. It was my first cruise. Originally, I'm from Glendale, California. After graduating from San Diego State College in 1968, I entered the Navy and completed flight training in 1970 and was assigned to VF-51 at NAS Miramar, California. I departed the States in November 1971.
The last thing I expected was to be shot down and taken prisoner, but on April 28, 1972, after a bumpy truck ride, there I was at the "Hanoi Hilton." Thanks to the concern and pressure of the American people, and people throughout the world, the conditions had improved in Hanoi by the time I arrived. It was eleven months of boredom, tasteless soup and missing my family - and ice cream. About the hardest thing to live with was the knowledge that each day away from my daughter meant more growing and changing for her, without me to watch.
I am so very happy to be returning to my wife, Karen, and daughter, Tara, and I thank everyone for making our homecoming possible. I am most happy for the men and families being reunited after years of separation. My ordeal was small by comparison. I only wish more were coming back.
Albert and his wife Karen reside in California.