Name: Douglas Brian "Pete" Peterson
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 433rd TFS
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Mineola IA
Date of Loss: 10 September 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212000N 1063000E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #640832
Missions: 67
Incident No: 0454

Other Personnel in Incident: Bernard Talley, returnee

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Source: Compiled by P.O.W. March 1997 from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. Updated 2023.


Douglas and his wife Carlotta resided in Florida until President Bill Clinton
nominated him in 1996 to be the first Ambassador to Vietnam. His
nomination was confirmed in 1997.


US ambassador decorated in Vietnam 30 years after being held prisoner
Fri, 30 Jun 2000  (METDST)

HANOI, June 30 (AFP) - US ambassador Pete Peterson, who was held prisoner
here for more than six years during the Vietnam War, on Friday received a
medal from the Vietnamese Red Cross (VNRC) in recognition of his
humanitarian work as Washington's first post-war envoy.

The highest merit award, presented to Petersen by VNRC president Nguyen
Trong Nhan, carried a portrait of Ho Chi Minh, the wartime leader of the
North Vietnamese troops which captured him.

"I am deeply proud to receive this on behalf of the US embassy and the
American people," he said.

"We are deeply committed to returning to Vietnam and helping Vietnam to
achieve its established goals."

Peterson had just handed over to the Vietnamese Red Cross a few symbolic
boxes from an entire field hospital worth 1.1 million dollars donated by the
US Defence Department.

The gift is designed to replenish supplies in clinics and hospitals in
central Vietnam where floods killed nearly 600 people late last year.

International Red Cross delegation head John Geoghegan said the supplies
should be in place by the beginning of August, before the onset of the next
rainy season.

They would be distributed to health centres which a team of US navy medics
had identified as being most in need during a relief mission last year.

Nhan paid tribute to the US government and people as well as the American
Red Cross for the relief aid they had given during last year's floods and in
the aftermath of Typhoon Linda in 1997.

But he made no direct acknowledgement that the latest aid had come from the
US army.


Former Vietnam Ambassador Creates International Company
By Brent Kallestad
Associated Press Writer
Published: Feb 26, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Pete Peterson, a one-time prisoner-of-war in
Vietnam who later became U.S. ambassador to that nation, is beginning a new
company to increase America's business presence in Southeast Asia. "There is
a huge untapped market for American business in this important region,"
Peterson said Tuesday. "The upside for our economy is enormous."....


After his retirement, the Petersons did not return to the states, but live abroad in Australia.