NORRIS, THOMAS ELMER Name: Thomas Elmer Norris Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Godfrey IL Date of Loss: 12 August 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212100 North 1054200 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: 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. 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). THOMAS E. NORRIS Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: August 12, 1967 Released: March 14, 1973 An open letter to my friends: I want to acknowledge and thank those whose efforts helped the POWs in Vietnam. The millions of letters, petitions, and telegrams sent to the Vietnamese delegations in Paris, and to the other countries, influenced our captors to improve our treatment. Your united and individual efforts made the difference between life and death in some cases and enabled us to maintain our health. Now I want to join hands with you in recognizing our courageous young men and women who served in Southeast Asia through those long years. Many of our Veterans suffered wounds while others made the supreme sacrifice for their country. I am proud to have served with them in the Armed Forces of the United States. And yet our jobs are not complete. Before I can truly feel that the conflict is over, every missing American must be accounted for. I extend my heartfelt thanks to my fellow Americans whose aroused public opinion brought aid and comfort to us and set a precedent not to be forgotten by the POWs, or by history. In Gratitude. Tom Norris Major USAF ================================ Thomas Norris retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Linda reside in Texas.
================================ In January 1996, Col. Norris received the following letter, through the National League of Families: "During my recent visit to the Ukraine I came across captain's ID cards held by a military memorabilia dealer (a colonel in Reserves) who gave me the copies of these two documents and assured me that he will send me the originals if I succeed in locating the captain. If Mr. Norris is interested in getting those two ID cards (ID card # 6377593, issued to Capt. Norris on January 10, 1967 by the Armed Forces of the United States and the Geneva Convention Identification Card) he should notify me to this effect and I will be delighted to write the Ukraine and request that they be sent to me. I hope the chap in Ukraine will keep his promise." Sincerely, (signed) Zenon Iwasykiw Zenon also received a letter from the POW/MIA office of the Pentagon hoping they could speak to his contact in the Ukraine.
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