RIVERS, WENDELL BURKE RIP 05/09/2009
Name: Wendell Burke Rivers Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O5 Unit: VA 155 15 AIR WING/USS Coral Sea Date of Birth: 06 July 1928 Home City of Record: Seward NE Date of Loss: 10 September 1965 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 183500 North 1054600 East (at Vinh) Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E Missions: 96 Korea - Destroyer Other Personnel in Incident: none Refno: 0141 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: 730212 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). WENDELL B. RIVERS Captain - United States Navy Shot Down: September 10, 1965 Released: February 12, 1973 Born in Seward, Nebraska on 6 July 1928. Reared in this community and following graduation from high school in 1946, I enlisted in the US Navy. I received my appointment to the US Naval Academy from the fleet in 1948 and graduated from Annapolis in 1952, receiving my commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Following a brief tour on a destroyer off Korea, I entered flight training in 1953 and received my wings in March 1954. Subsequent assignments have been in Naval aviation on the West Coast at San Diego, Moffett Field, Monterey, Point Mugu, and Lemoore. I was married on 14 March 1953 and have three children, Stephen C. Rivers 19, Charlotte Gex Rivers 18, and Stewart Blake Rivers 14. I deployed on my last cruise from Alameda, California to Vietnam on 7 December 1964 aboard USS Coral Sea as a member of Air Wing 15, Attack Squadron 155. I commenced flying combat missions over North Vietnam on 11 February 1965. On my 96th mission, 10 September 1965, I was shot down and captured at Vinh, Democratic Republic of North Vietnam. It is great to be home and my future plans are to enjoy life to the utmost with my family. I am proud of my service to my country and my only regret is that I was unable to better serve my country, my Commander-in-Chief and the American people. ==================== Wendell Rivers retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Betty resided in Texas until his death.
He was captured in North Vietnam
on September 10, 1965 and was released
on February 12, 1973. ..... www.zabkafuneralhome.com.