RIP - 06/11/2015

Name: Charles Nels Tanner
Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy, pilot
Unit: VF 154
Date of Birth:  October 20, 1932, Mount Carmel, Tennessee.
Home City of Record: Covington TN
Date of Loss: 09 October 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 203100N 1055000E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B #152993
Missions: 125
Incident No: 0490

Official pre-capture photo

Other Personnel in Incident: Ross Terry, returnee

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK March 1997 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.  2017


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

Commander - United States Navy
Shot Down: October 9, 1966
Released: March 4, 1973

I was flying an F-4B from VF-154 off the USS Coral Sea. Commander Ross Terry
was flying as my Radar Intercept Officer. We were shot down and captured
near Phu Ly, North Vietnam on 9 October 1966. The internment was typical,
with torture, solitary, etc. We were not injured prior to capture. We were
released March 14, 1973.

My wife, Sara Ann, my daughter, Cyndi (19), and my son, Charley (13) live in
Covington, Tennessee. Sara Ann and I were born here, and met and married

Editor's Note: At an address before the Tennessee State Legislature shortly
after his return, Commander Tanner said, "We Americans take our great land
too much for granted. Some are so busy criticizing that they cannot see its
greatness. Faith has been reserved, in many cases, for material things. You
can lose every material thing you possess in one split-second. I have
experienced this and I have found that there is only one thing that cannot
be taken away from you. That is faith - in God and in Country."

Charles Tanner retired from the United States Navy as a Captain.


June 12, 2015

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that my old and faithful
cellmate of many years passed away in Tallahassee, FL last night (11 Jun).
He had suffered for over ten years with throat cancer and was recently
moved from his home in Covington, TN to be near his daughter in
Tallahassee.  His wife, Sara Ann, called me this morning with the news.  I
will forward the details regarding his funeral when they get firmed up, but
it will occur in Covington, TN.  You might recall that Nels spoofed his
captors with the name of his squadron CO, Ben Casey . . . a mythical TV
star of that time.

His funeral will be on Tuesday, 16 June 2015, in Covington, TN. 
Visitation at 1300; church service at 1400; reception afterwards. 
Church and cemetery are located at 4600 Mt. Carmel Road in Covington.

God bless him . . . he got me through some rough times.
Bob Shumaker



Hero of Vietnam War, Cmdr. Nels Tanner, dies

By Brian Blackley, Publisher Published: June 12, 2015        THE LEADER, COVINGTON TN

Cmdr. Charles Nels Tanner, 82, a hero of the Vietnam War and Covington,
Tenn., native, who endured torture at the hands of the Vietcong in the
dreaded Hanoi Hilton during his six and a half years of captivity, died
today in Florida....





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