TOMES, JACK H. (middle initail ONLY-- no middle NAME) DECEASED - 29 Dec 1984
Name: Jack H. Tomes Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/03 Unit: Date of Birth: 26 Sept 1933 Home City of Record: Globe AZ Date of Loss: 07 July 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 215200 North 1044400 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno:
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. Update with information from Kelli Tomes Horner, 2011.
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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).
JACK H. TOMES Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: July 7, 1966 Released: February 12, 1973
During a survival training course in the early days of my Air Force career, our class was discussing the subject of prisoners of war and political prisoners of earlier periods of conflict. We were attempting to identify the things that enabled them to endure their long periods of confinement and in turn, find what might help us should we ever find ourselves in a similar situation. The idea of faith was brought up. Not only faith in oneself, in one's ability to endure, but faith in something higher than that, whether it be God, country, family, or all of these.
I recalled at that time a passage in the Bible that said, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." I reflected on this verse many times during my captivity in North Vietnam and I believe the faith, whether conscious or unconscious, that we had as POWs gave us the strength and hope that we needed to overcome the anxieties, frustrations and uncertainties that we faced.
As all of us here in America continue to have faith and trust in God as head of our country, in our leaders, in our governmental process and in our way of life, and meet our responsibilities as American citizens, we will continue to live in a great and powerful country.