PURCELL, ROBERT BALDWIN 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 Category: 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. REMARKS: 021273 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). ROBERT B. PURCELL 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 slander. 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)
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.
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
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