RIP 06 DEC 2009

Name: Robert Baldwin Purcell
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 12th TFS
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Louisville KY
Date of Loss: 27 July 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 210500N 1051400E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105 D
Missions: 25

Other Personnel in Incident: none

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 06 September 1996 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.


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).

Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: July 27, 1965
Released: February 12, 1973

I was advised by your book committee that the target date for your first
publication would be 4 July 1974. I thought what an appropriate date this
was for some very obvious reasons - and for some that may not be too obvious
to the average reader. What it meant most of all to me was that our
independence was declared on 4 July 1776, but it was not won until the end
of that conflict.

And how our extremely clever and tenacious enemy kept trying to sell us on
the idea that "their war" was the same as our above-mentioned one. The
mechanical processes may have been similar in some cases, but it is my
personal opinion that the final result of our revolutionary endeavors was
truth and law. I lived in the capitol or seat of their revolutionary
endeavors and I saw, heard and felt for 7 1/2  years only lies, deceit and

My release was declared and won on the same day, 12 February 1973. I am now
fighting my way back into society in what I call my retroactive conflict. I
may even see you on the battlefield someday, so until then, God bless you
and keep you free.

Robert Purcell retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and
his wife Suzanne resided in Texas until his death after a prolonged illness.

He will be buried in Arlington.
December 7, 2009

Lt. Col. Robert B. Purcell was shown with his mother, Mary B. Purcell, after he arrived in Louisville from POW camp in 1973. (Courier-Journal file photo by Richard Nugent)

Former POW returns home one last time

By Sean Rose

Robert Purcell had a funeral before he needed one.

It was held in the mid-1960s during the Vietnam War. Purcell, an Air Force fighter pilot and Louisville native, was shot down, and for the next three and a half years, his family didn't know he was alive......

Reporter Sean Rose can be reached at (502) 582-4199.

Hi Everyone,
Here is the link for Percy's website: www.percypurcell.com/
This website was created by Paul Bradicich a friend of my brother, Kit
Tatum. I sent Paul four pictures, Percy's obituary, and the POW reflections.
Paul proceeded to make magic out of those items. The music in the background
is from a Sarah Brightman song, Percy's favorite singer. Kit remembered that
wonderful detail.
When you look at the links on the website, you will see that the third link
is called "Live Webcast".
Paul is planning to record the Arlington ceremony and post it live for those
of you who are unable to be with us on February 12th at 8:45AM Eastern time.
It will be shown on that link.
In the meantime, there is a place for you on that link to write/share
memories of Percy. You can actually type your message into the chat window.

Love and Hugs,

Percy's Arlington Cemetery services have been canceled for this Friday, February 12th.

The new date is set for April 29th at 0845.

I'm very sorry about this, but it appears that Old Man Winter is fully in charge.
Love and Hugs,



For Immediate Release
April 18, 2013

“The Cookie Caper” In Honor of Col Robert B. “Percy” Purcell, Prisoner of War:
North Vietnam (July 1965 – February 1973)


June 27, 2013

http://www.axpow.org/files/bulletins/jul-aug13.pdf go to page 27