ROSE, GEORGE A. "Al, G.A.R." Rose Name: George A. Rose Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 334th TFS Date of Birth: 13 November 1942 Home City of Record: Kansas City MO Date of Loss: 21 June 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212300 North 1050600 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 100+ Other Personnel in Incident: Peter Callaghan, returnee 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: 73-328 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). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO GEORGE A. ROSE Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: June 21, 1972 Released: March 28, 1973 I was born November 13, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, but was raised primarily in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1960 and the University of Arkansas in 1964. I married Rebecca Bearden of Welch, West Virginia, in 1966. One son, Glen Rose II, was born in June 1968. Throughout our marriage we have enjoyed doing many things together. Especially, we are partial to spending our time at the beach in the summer and on the ski slopes in the winter. In January of 1965 I entered the Air Force after receiving my commission through the AFROTC program. On September 25, 1966, I went to Vietnam as an F4C pilot, assigned to the 558th TFS, 12th TFW, Cam Ranh Bay. From Vietnam I went to Germany with the 9th TFS,49th TFW, Spangdahlem AB. One year later I was assigned to the 10th TFS, 50th TFW, Hahn AB. Returning to the U.S. in 1971, my base was Seymour Johnson AFB and my squadron was the 334th TFS of the 4th TFW. In April 1972 my unit went TDY to Ubon AB, Thailand. I was shot down by a Mig 21 on June 21, 1972. After safely ejecting I was captured with my fellow crewman, 1st Lt. Peter Callaghan. We were about 40 miles northwest of Hanoi. After nine months and one week I was repatriated on 28 March 1973. I am a career officer and my plans are to return to the cockpit of fighter aircraft and continue my career. Many have inquired as to what sustained me while I was a POW. There were three beliefs: My faith in God, that I was not alone; my faith in the United States, that we had not been forgotten; and my faith in my fellow prisoners; that together we could do anything to survive. What did I miss the most? Besides my family, I missed and appreciated the Freedom that we possess in America. In North Vietnam I perceived a people and a place without freedom. Assuredly, it is a pathetic thing. We must never lose our precious Freedom as a country or as individuals, for once it is gone, it may never return. =================================
George Rose retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife Becky reside in Texas.