Name: John George Sparks
Rank/Branch: United States Army/E3
Unit: 245 AV CO 212 AV BN 16 AV GP
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Chattanooga TN
Date of Loss: 24 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161754 North  1071935 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OV1A
Other Personnel in Incident:

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.


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).

Specialist 6 - United States Army
Shot Down: April 24, 1968
Released: March 16, 1973
It's really hard to understand what life in a prison camp is really like
unless you've experienced it. The most vivid explanation cannot be expressed
in a few words, but I can say that I've experienced much in the  last few
years. I've learned much about myself and my country; enough to really know
what my country and its people mean to me

There could have been no greater show of a people's love for their country
than the welcome they gave to us upon our return, and I will be forever
grateful to them for it, for giving me a new life, a life without cause to
suffer or to look, with great expectation, toward a more meaningful future,
only to find none No, that is all over and now I do have a future well worth
the sacrifice, a future with which I pray God I may only use in the service
of my country and to the avail of the magnificent people that make America the
great country it is and shall always be.

John and his wife Lyndie reside in Tennessee.