MOSCOW BOUND? - POW/MIA LCDR James Kelly Patterson, USN - Web Site
Thanks for taking a moment to reflect on Kelly Patterson and others like him who remain missing and unaccounted for !!!
It is important to
me that another person has read about Kelly's story,
and that the sacrifices that he has made will not be forgotten.
Your thoughts and comments are also important to me and to others who may later read them here, so I encourage you to take a few moments and share them with us.
I also hope that you continue researching information on the POW/MIA issue.
This is kinda spooky - I graduated from USNOCS Newport RI, in December 1964.
My orders were to go to several schools and then report for duty on the U.S.S. Renshaw, DD-499. I was to be on board in July 1965, but my pre-commissioning physical exam noted several ear problems and I subsequently left the Navy.
Imagine my surprise on seeing that I could have replaced James Kelly Patterson...!!!
James S. Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Madison WI USA - Thursday March 16, 2006 19:10:17 GMT
I have two POW/MIA bracelets and one happens to be Kelly Patterson. I chose this one due to fact that he was a Californian as I am too. I have worn it for 15 years now.
TO BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!
Busan - South Korea - Thursday March 02, 2006 03:42:58 GMT
I found out about the web site from Kelly's brother, George, whom I met recently at the Orange County Sheriff's Academy (we were in a 3 week police refresher course together with 27 others who are all getting back into law enforcement).
Really like what you did to bring Kelly's story to life....nice job !!!
San Diego CA USA 92127 - Sunday February 12, 2006 18:57:45 GMT
I wear a copper bracelet with James Kelly Patterson on it as well.
I am happy to know there are many others still praying for him and his family.
AL USA - Wednesday February 08, 2006 21:03:39 GMT
I was a Flight Deck Trouble Shooter in VA-35. I talked to the Pilots and B/N before and after each flight.
The day they were hit and until all contact was lost, I was allowed to listen to some of the radio transmissions and the other pilots kept me informed as to what they were trying to do to rescue both men. They were the only two we lost over the ten months, and I have never forgotten either man. I have a lot of good memories Mr. Patterson and all the other officers and men in VA-35.
Bath PA USA 18014 - Tuesday January 10, 2006 01:25:00 GMT
1. Nam Vet 1st Inf
Div Lai Khe 69-70.
2. Retired SFC 23 years svc.
John F Aucoin <email@example.com>
Sierra Vista AZ USA 85635 - Wednesday December 28, 2005 20:45:08 GMT
Thanks for keeping the flame burning...
Robert Schanke <Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pueblo West CO US 81007 - Wednesday December 14, 2005 22:58:55 GMT
I live across the street from Luck Patterson. He is James's brother. He and his wife Judy are really stand-up and stellar people. I only wish Kelly was here to see it. God will carry him home.
Robin Heath <email@example.com>
Laguna Beach USA 92651 - Monday December 05, 2005 17:33:42 GMT
I just recently received LCDR James Kelly Patterson's POW/MIA bracelet from The National League of POW/MIA Families (www.pow-miafamilies.org).
I did an internet search to see if there was any information on him on the internet and found your web site. Thank you for the information. May God protect LCDR James Kelly Patterson.
Michael Karcher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mission Viejo CA USA 92691 - Monday November 28, 2005 01:09:48 GMT
I have always believed that Kelly was taken to the USSR.
My husband and I "adopted" him thru the Nat'l League of Families in 1985. I have written many times to the Vietnamese Mission in D.C. requesting info and we send a yearly B'Day card to Kelly in care of the "Mission".
If he is still living, I only hope that he was able to have a family and adjust to living in another country. I do, however, feel that he has finally gone to rest. We have his picture and bracelet displayed amongst our family pictures and we will never forget him.
Baldy Mesa CA USA 92371 - Friday November 25, 2005 20:22:48 GMT
Every man unaccounted for will always be in our thoughts & prayers, never forgotten & hopefully found one day.
Lake Forest CA USA 92630 - Wednesday October 26, 2005 04:27:04 GMT
I recently purchased the POW remembrance band with Kelly Patterson's name on it to help others to remember our POW's, and to support the VFW.
IL USA - Wednesday October 05, 2005 22:21:39 GMT
A very well
researched site I found while looking for other information on the Vietnam
war. Even though from the UK and not involved, all my Family are in the
Armed forces and my brother has served in Iraq.
It is sad to see this issued not resolved today and given all the research and first hand accounts there must have been POW's left behind, and sent to other communist countries.
I hope the people
who have left them suffer for it, and hopefully the truth will come out in the
end with help of websites such as this.
People are not forgotten if we remember them!
Julien Dixon <email@example.com>
England - Monday September 26, 2005 05:26:26 GMT
I received Patterson as my MIA in the early 70's. It broke long ago, but is still in that special place with mementos from loved ones, my youngest son's ashes, etc.
I appreciate your time to keep me informed - Mahalo Sharene Matsumoto
Kurtistown HI USA 96760 - Friday July 29, 2005 07:30:46 GMT
I too wear the silver metallic band that bears the name of a US hero, LCDR James K. Patterson.
I acquired the band in 1989 while working for a former USN pilot who served in Viet Nam. I also wear a band for Maj. William D. Moreland USMC who was shot down over SVN on 16 Jan 68. May God bless the memory of these heroes and there will be a special place in heaven for them.
God bless each and every one of them and their families. They gave the ultimate sacrifice and will NEVER be forgotten.
Anaheim CA USA 92808 - Tuesday July 12, 2005 03:23:02 GMT
Hi, I was in Washington DC a couple of weeks ago to see the WW II Memorial and came across a silver bracelet with James K. Patterson on it. I had to buy. That is my maiden name and something drew me to it.
I was on the internet looking to see if he could be related to us and come across your website. Thanks for helping me know this person better. My uncle was a POW/MIA in the WW II and just last year (after a long time trying) our family received his medals. Have been looking a long time to find someone who could fill in the blanks for us. Thanks again for you website.
Dena Purkey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Goddard KS USA 67052 - Thursday July 07, 2005 03:10:22 GMT
Hi, I am sooo impressed and amazed at your commitment to LCDR James K. Patterson. And all because you got his name on a silver Vietnam Vet POW bracelet. I'm not sure when or how these things happen, but sometime in the 70's I sent off to a group called "Home Free" in support of our troops from Vietnam and they sent me a black bracelet with the following on it: "LCDR James K Patterson USN 5-19-67 NVN CA".
I still wear it, and even more often now that the Afghanistan & Iraq wars were launched. I am somewhat embarrassed that only now, after sooo many years have I even tried to look this soldier up on the web. I'll take some time to read ALL of the information that you have so very carefully and lovingly posted on your site. Thank you...!
Bartlesville OK USA 74005 - Tuesday May 10, 2005 08:04:23 GMT
In 1969, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant some months later. Throughout my training it was repeatedly emphasized that the United States military leaves no serviceman on the field of battle. Service in the armed forces resides in the trust that it's members shall always be held in the highest regard and their welfare never compromised.
It's time for all the KIA's/MIA's to be accounted for and brought home. Shame on the politicians who think otherwise.
Niven, Captain USMCR <email@example.com>
Morgan Hill CA USA 95037 - Friday December 10, 2004 23:43:49 GMT
I was assigned to VA-35 as a civilian 'Tech Rep' during the cruise that Kelly was shot down.
He was a good friend.
Bob Walkinshaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wellington FL USA 33414 - Wednesday December 01, 2004 15:54:56 GMT
I am an airline pilot and today I started talking to one of the flight attendants on my crew. I heard her talking about her Uncle and that he was POW/MIA from the Vietnam War.
I have been interested in and have read thousands of military books and dozens about the POW/MIA issue. We started talking and ended up having a great time talking about her father, George Patterson and her uncle, James Kelly Patterson, MIA from 1967. She gave me this web site.
It is a heartbreaking story, but sadly not alone in showing what foreign countries have done with our POWs and the criminal neglect our government has shown towards resolving cases like this.
My support and prayers go to the family.
Kurt Jensen <email@example.com>
USA - Tuesday October 26, 2004 14:17:27 GMT
I just recently read 'Scars and Stripes' by 'Red' McDaniel and was intrigued to find out more information.
Looking forward to updates. God speed.
D. Brunson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Daingerfield TX USA - Sunday September 19, 2004 20:25:23 GMT
Our tears and prayers are with our generation who fought for our freedom and the freedom of others, and we continue to pray for our troops and their families who are now in conflict with evil.
Nick Beadel <email@example.com>
Anaheim CA USA - Sunday August 01, 2004 00:23:57 GMT
I would like you to contact me if you can. I am in possession of one of James K. Patterson's silver arm bands. I would love to get it back to its owner. It was found on a US Air flight about 18 months ago (I am a pilot). I don't know by whom, but it was put into my "box", I guess because of the name.
I have tried to look up lists on the navy web site but had no luck. Today seeing the arm band in my drawer, I simply typed his full name into Google search and found this very interesting and poignant website. I hope the missing band can be returned. I look forward to hearing from you.
Charlotte NC USA 28277 - Friday July 09, 2004 21:15:03 GMT
I was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1971, and heard about the bracelet program and decided to purchase one. I received my bracelet with Lt. James Patterson on it. I have wondered about his fate for over 30 years.
I visited the traveling wall twice when it came to Houston, and a couple of years ago traveled to Washington DC, but found little information about him. Being in the process of moving, I happened to find the bracelet tucked away in a plastic bag, and decided to research a little bit.
With your web site and your research, I have learned LtCdr James Patterson's fate is still unknown, and that is tragic. Is he in Russia, or still in North VietNam? Why has it taken the US Government so long and still unable to resolve the MIA's? I hope it is resolved sooner than later. Now I am concerned in a different way about his fate.
Arden J. McCarthy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Houston TX USA 77095 - Sunday June 27, 2004 21:53:31 GMT
I was on the Enterprise with Kelly in 1967.
I retired from the Navy in 1990. Red McDaniel is a good friend and I support your efforts to find our POW/MIAs.
Roger Richardson <email@example.com>
Fairhope AL USA 36532 - Tuesday June 22, 2004 17:45:54 GMT
Your web site struck a nerve with me because I was in VA-35 during her next deployment to Yankee Station.
I imagine many of the men in VA-35 I knew probably also knew Jim. I'll have to pass your sit along to some of my former squadron-mates with whom I correspond via e-mail.
Al Varsolona <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wayne NJ USA 07470 - Wednesday May 05, 2004 14:29:01 GMT
I value very much your dedication to and perseverance in the search for the truth about what happened to Kelly Patterson.
It makes me very sad to think our government cannot "find" our soldiers.
Thank you for trying.
Eva Quearry <email@example.com>
Houston TX USA 77096 - Monday April 05, 2004 03:46:18 GMT
James K. Patterson has been a part of my life, in thoughts and prayers since I was 16 years old, living in Indiana. I am now 51 years old.
I wore his name proudly and to this day his name comes up in conversations with friends and family. Even though I never knew him, he has been a special part of my family.
James K. Patterson will never be forgotten.
Stephanie Drake <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Davenport FL USA 33896 - Wednesday February 25, 2004 19:01:37 GMT
I am a 22 year Navy veteran as of December 2000. I have had his POW/MIA bracelet that I obtained back in 1989. I really like this web page and appreciate all the work you have put into it.
I was wondering if you had his families address or e-mail address so I could e-mail/write them?
Flower Mound TX USA 75028 - Friday January 30, 2004 22:16:09 GMT
Bathurst RI Canada E2A 6R2 - Friday January 30, 2004 05:43:05 GMT
Keep up the good work. To quote your site, " A man is not dead until he is forgotten".
Thanks for helping us remember these great people.
Corpus Christ, TX, USA 78418 - Tuesday December 02, 2003 04:59:29 GMT
I was 14 when I first wore Lt. Patterson's POW/MIA bracelet in 1970.
For the past 33 years he and his family have been in my prayers each day.
Thank you for caring as you provide this valuable information. It was comforting to learn about this brave American.
Tustin, CA, USA 92780 - Monday November 17, 2003 06:21:42 GMT
I have a LCDR J. K. Patterson MIA-POW bracelet...want to retire it with a 1/72 A6-A Intruder model with his markings...any hint as to a resource to obtain a photo of his and Eugene Mc Daniel's aircraft...would be a great help...site and content is excellent !
USNR-R 1969 - 1977
USS Manley (DD 940) 1970 - 1972
Allentown, PA, USA 18104 - Thursday November 13, 2003 21:14:36 GMT
I knew Kelly was lost in Vietnam but did not know the full story until now.
I was a Litton Engineer involved in the design of the DIANE system and later a Litton Field Engineer attached to VA-42 during the early 1960's. I used to enjoy talking with Kelly because of a mutual interest in private flying and gliders. I was also with VA-35 during their final training exercises on the Enterprise out of Alameda. We went on liberty together along with Red McDaniel and others.
Thanks for your dedication.
Bob Sardo <email@example.com>
Almond, NY, USA 14804 - Wednesday September 10, 2003 02:03:18 GMT
I've had Kelly Patterson's bracelet since 1969. I've searched for years for information regarding this American Hero. Thanks you for finally giving me a face to put with the name. Thank you for your work in keeping his name and memory in the minds of all who visit this site.
May we never forget the sacrifices our soldiers made in the fight for freedom.
Susan Watson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Norcross, GA, USA 30093 - Wednesday July 23, 2003 07:26:49 GMT
Kelly Patterson's name was on the "Russian List" along with my husband's name, Melvin Arnold Holland.
I have been told this is a valid list. It was conveniently "misplaced" for 15 months until it was leaked out by me. By that time the Russians had gotten the message that our government did not want to hear about any Americans who could be alive in Russia. It is now 10 years later and nothing has been done to find those men and bring them home!
May God wrap his arms around Kelly, Mel and Pat Fallon and keep them safe until they can come home, and send to Hell the men responsible for leaving them behind!
Ann Holland <email@example.com>
Rainier, OR, USA 97048 - Sunday July 20, 2003 19:36:58 GMT
My daughter, Kelly, who wears James Kelly Patterson's POW bracelet turned me on to this web page.I too wore a POW bracelet, but thankfully "my" POW returned home.
I am so thankful for the many people who have not forgotten our POW's and MIA's.
Marian Andrews <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Union City, CA, USA 94587 - Friday May 30, 2003 03:48:35 GMT
I am an ex-marine, I am 47 years old. I went in just after it was over. I enlisted in January of 1975 when I turned 18 and finished high school. I remember a ballad of Lt. Kelly in the 60's. I have been looking for it for years but I have not found it. It brought tears to me then and I am sure it will now too.
If you can find or have a POW/MIA bracelet, I would find it a honor to wear, and when people ask, I would tell them with honor who and what this brave man was.
If you know where to find that song about Lt. Kelly, please send me the information.
Altoona, IA, USA 50009 - Saturday April 05, 2003 15:50:50 GMT
An interesting site, since I also wore his band for many years and wondered what was known of him.
Columbus, OH, USA 43220 - Friday December 20, 2002 21:50:05 GMT
This is a great site. I have to spend much more time digesting it.
I'm producing a documentary about the Korean War POWs that were abandoned in North Korea. Please check out my website for more info. Click on "The Eagle Cried."
Good work on keeping this issue alive and good luck finding the answers - they're out there.
Bill Dumas <email@example.com>
Pasadena, CA, USA 91105 - Thursday December 12, 2002 04:42:46 GMT
Australia was also involved in Asia, and has served with Americans in each world conflict.
Every effort should be made and supported to find these great men who gave their all.
God Bless Them
Aussie Digger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Australia - Sunday December 01, 2002 11:37:47 GMT
I too have a James Kelly Patterson P.O.W. bracelet.
It's nice to know that someone else is praying for him and his family.
Thank you so much for making this site. It's nice to read some things about Patterson, and to see his face.
Stephanie Olson <SLO@pitnet.net>
Wisconsin, USA - Saturday, November 30, 2002 01:31:16 GMT
I thought I was only one of a few who really thought he was in Russia.
I chose his bracelet out of many, and I've been wearing it for nearly three years now. A Sgt Major who dealt extensively with trying to get the Missing Serviceman's Act done told me about Patterson. I have touched his name on the Wall numerous times, and I've left gifts there by his name.
This is really very nice to see this tribute to him, and very informative. I never knew what he looked like until I saw this site. Now I have a face to put with the bracelet I wear. Thanks!
Sheri Bowen <email@example.com>
Near Washington DC/Virginia, USA - Thursday, August 08, 2002 16:38:19 GMT
Too young for Nam, but not too young to forget my brothers in arms.
SPINKS, ROSS D.
SSG USANG <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Belmont, NY, USA - Friday, July 12, 2002 21:13:24 GMT
I wish the U.S. could get our POW's back to their loved ones if they are still alive. God bless them where ever they are.
James Whitehead <email@example.com>
Bethel, NC, USA - Friday, June 28, 2002 01:09:20 GMT
I appreciate this website as a means of maintaining the POW/MIA issue at the forefront of our consciousness and conscience.
Bob Stoia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cupertino, CA, USA - Friday, June 14, 2002 at 02:15:52 GMT
There are those of us that will never experience closure to the loss of buddies or the lack of purpose for their loss.
Raynor Sr. <LynnR1230@juno.com>
Mt. Juliet, TN, USA - Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 01:41:06 GMT
In the 1980's, I was the Intelligence Officer for VA-115, an A-6 squadron on the Midway on Japan. I found this site on a search about Kazakhstan, as a year from now I will be going there as the US Embassy's Press Attaché.
I will remember.
David Foley <email@example.com>
Washington DC, USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 18:38:48 GMT
Exceptional site! Thanks you for caring so much about one of our true American heroes.
God's blessings, Bev
Bev Haire <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Punta Gorda, FL, USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 16:53:34 GMT
This is a very moving and insightful web site dedicated to the memory of LCDR James Kelly Patterson.
I am a Marine Corps Viet Nam veteran, who served as a CH-46 helicopter crew chief with HMM 165 @ 364 during 1968-69. I am interested in Viet Nam war history, and have often searched for information on the Soviet Union connection to POW's. This site has given the best information to date.
Thank you for your unwavering dedication to this warrior, and for all those missing, and those who lost their life or freedom for our country.
God bless you, Kelly Patterson and all our MIA's.
Jim DeHaan <email@example.com>
Rensselaer, IN, USA - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 04:37:50 (GMT)
I'd love to talk with Luck Patterson about his brother, James Kelly Patterson. I'm doing a T.V. show on his brother & have done many articles on James Kelly Patterson.
Jim Wade - The
Voice Newspaper 520/219-3338 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tucson, AZ, USA - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 02:22:25 (GMT)
My son is learning about the Vietnam War in History.
But its not history until it is finished...!
Blandford, England - Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 09:29:27 (PDT)
I noticed that you both have the same last name. Is there any relation?
What does his family think about him still being MIA/POW?
Mark Maddox <email@example.com>
Bailetyton, AL, USA - Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 19:42:56 (PDT)
Thank you for having a very special page. It means a lot to me and others I am sure.
We need all our heroes brought home, no matter whether living or dead. Thank you again.
James Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Springfield, OH, USA - Monday, November 05, 2001 at 11:26:44 (PDT)
God Bless You!
With what is going on in the middle east now, especially our alliance with Kazakhstan, perhaps the communication lines may open for you to further your quest for an answer. Good Luck!
Ray Furar <email@example.com>
Oglesby, IL, USA - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 09:02:08 (PDT)
As a Viet Nam Vet, please keep up your web page.
New Market, TN, USA - Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 19:23:40 (PDT)
Having served in I Corps/RVN, I can recall the thunder of F-4's taking off for missions North and West over Laos. Never did I believe that my country would leave me - fortunately for me this never happened. But, to others missing and unaccounted for or who remain as POW's somewhere in Asia or the former Soviet Union with perhaps full knowledge of our government is a violation of every tenant our country represents.
No doubt, the Soviets played a key role in command and control efforts to shoot down US jets. As did the North Koreans, who flew MIG's against US pilots - and Chinese who assisted the North Vietnamese refine their tactics against US ground forces. Too bad we could not find and capture one of those bastards...nonetheless, for those of us who served, the thoughts of those who never returned will remain with us forever.
Santa Barbara, CA, USA - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 14:31:17 (PDT)
I came across your site quite by accident, but am very glad I found it. I only wish I could do more than pray for these very great men. I would like everyone of our servicemen (no matter what branch you served or are still serving in) that I appreciate the freedom you have made possible for myself and my family. I am proud to have been born and raised in the USA, but just like when you love your children but your not particularly proud of their actions, I am not proud of the actions of the USA Government when it comes to the MIA/POW situation. We all know it would be different if it was a member of the President's family that was MIA/POW, it's mighty hard when it hits close to home. My prayers will not only be with the MIA/POW's, but with their families as well because God knows that not knowing would be harder for me to deal with than the reality of a death.
Your web page is a tribute of what a great hero this man really is. I'm sure you won't give up until you get every question answered, and for that I give you hearty applause.
M. Bradshaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
?, USA - Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 01:58:25 (PDT)
A fine site, to a
fallen and almost forgotten warrior!
BTW, you mention Enterprise's first combat on 2 December, 1965. As CO of VA-94, I flew the first attack a/c ever launched into combat from a nuclear carrier, A-4C Buno 149535, Side No 401 (Not a biggy ... but nobody else can lay claim to it!). The flight lasted 1.5 hrs. Flew one more combat mission, 2.1 hrs, on that first day of 'E's combat history, ending with a nite trap. So 3.6 hours of green ink time in the log book on Dec 2, 1965.
The photo of Enterprise shown is from a later time frame, after the phased array (so-called 'Beehive') radar had been replaced with a standard 'bedframe' type search radar. The radar in use in '66-67 was the 'Beehive', which gave Enterprise it's totally unique and distinctive appearance. In any event, it is a great site!
Capt. USN (Ret) <email@example.com>
Madison, WI USA - Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 13:28:29 (PDT)
As a USNA'65 grad
& VA85 A6 B/N I really appreciate your site. I was a participant in
the multiple Alpha strikes on Van Dien & other targets around Hanoi on 19
& 20 May'67. Those days had some of the highest losses of Rolling
Thunder as A4s, A6s & F4s were shot down all around Hanoi. The flak
& SAM firings were the worst I saw in 2 tours to NVN.
I understand your feelings & still wear the MIA bracelet of Buzz Ellison who was my squadron Ops Officer. Both he & Jim Plowman are still MIA from 3/24/67 (though USN says KIA-BNR) & were sighted in China. They still live as long as someone remembers them.
God bless you & all our MIAs. Murph.
Annapolis, MD USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 10:22:35 (PDT)
Thanks for sharing this information.
?, USA - Monday, June 25, 2001 at 15:55:15 (PDT)
I am a family friend of Red McDaniel's son, Mike. Mike McDaniel forwarded me your information. The site is excellent! Good job.
I also am the founder of a men's ministry called Encourage Men To Pray. I pray for the return of Kelly often - nearly every day. Thanks for being a servant in this matter. Blessings in the "Mighty" Name of Jesus! Ps 145:5
Goose Creek, SC USA - Friday, June 01, 2001 at 17:54:23 (PDT)
May God bless you and keep you for keeping the faith with Patterson and our other POWs/MIAs.
?, USA - Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 00:17:16 (PDT)
A very informative site, keep up the good work...
Walt Purio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Banning, CA - Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 20:02:41 (PDT)
Very good report and I'm glad to see not all of us have forgotten...
Richard Scutt <email@example.com>
Coldwater, MI - Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 18:07:40 (PDT)
A great work for a great man.
Italy - Tuesday, May 01, 2001 at 11:52:57 (PDT)
I requested a POW bracelet in 1972, and, most likely because of my last name, received one with LT Patterson's name inscribed. I later enlisted in the Navy and served four years in the Hospital Corps.
I still have the original bracelet, along with a more recent one which reflects his current rank of LCDR. When people ask about the bracelet, I explain the circumstances under which LCDR Patterson was reported MIA in 1967, and the reason I still wear it today.
Because of your Web Site and the letters in your Guestbook, I have a much clearer picture of the man whose bracelet I have been wearing daily for the past 29 years. My thanks to you and all of the people who contributed their memories of LCDR Patterson to your Guestbook.
Unknown - Monday, April 30, 2001 at 14:11:28 (PDT)
I started wearing LCDR Patterson's wristband in 1990, and have not stopped since. I feel that LCDR Patterson is a part of my family.
I was in D.C. recently, and stopped by to say 'hi' to James, and let him know how things are going. It is somewhat strange to see a name on a wall, and yet feel so close to the person looking back at you.
I am proud to be associated with this hero, and I will never forget who he is or what he did for this country.
SSG David Coss
Fresno, CA USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 15:04:12 (PDT)
I've had Kelly Patterson's bracelet since 1988 and have always wondered about the man behind the name. Thank you for providing me with a little insight as to who he was. God bless him and all those who served.
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 21:23:39 (PDT)
My son is doing a research project on the POW/MIA's from the Vietnam War. While researching the articles it made me cry as I read them.
Hewlett, NY USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at 14:08:08 (PDT)
I will always remember you.
Lorena M. Taft
Winchester, VA USA - Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 22:52:39 (PDT)
I have friends who had to serve in Vietnam....and once in a while when they talk about it...well...I thank God I was too young to go...I would have went had my country called me...but the biggest crime of all is the way this great nation has turned it's back on those still there.
Orange, TX USA - Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 01:18:00 (PDT)
My brother-in-law, William Palafox, was a classmate of James at the Naval Academy class of '63. He told me of Kelly's situation.
I found your web site. Now, I too, am caught up in the questions surrounding those who didn't return.
Robert A. (Bob)
Walland, TN USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 18:04:34 (PDT)
The thought of all those men and women abandoned by their government and never seeing their families again fills me with so much sadness. Australians fought in WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam. I wonder if there are any Australians who were taken to the USSR and never seen again?
Dan Oakes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Melbourne, Vic Australia - Wednesday, March, 07, 2001 at 21:59:50 (PDT)
I admire your keeping the memory alive, doing everything you can, and keeping the faith.
John C. Foster
?, SC USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 05:16:15 (PDT)
Thank you for an interesting and thought-provoking page.
Do you still think Mr. Patterson is alive in the vast confusing tangle that used to be the Soviet Empire? I am curious what your views and opinion are on the possibility of finding him and how to go about that.
Here' to Hope. Thank You Very Much for keeping him alive.
Todd A. Howell
Denver, CO USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 12:42:34 (PDT)
K.I.A. 1968 (brother) MISS HIM. Your work HIT HOME with me!
Not much to go with about what happened to him. Thanks
Caryville, FL USA - Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 17:56:04 (PDT)
I was in Kelly Patterson's squadron aboard the Enterprise. Lt. Patterson spoke to Sickbay aboard the Enterprise about his injury and being surrounded by NVA troops. Call me if I can be of any help.
HMC USN Ret. <email@example.com>
Corpus Christi, TX USA - Saturday, February 10, 2001 at 19:06:20 (PDT)
Just wanted to say I found your info very interesting and I wish you well, though I am not sure if the possibility of any left to save is still a reality due to age of the prisoners, and the time that has sadly past with no real help to do what we (the USA) should have done long ago!
I was a young girl back then when it all seemed to become public of the POW'S, and I am ashamed I did not take an interest in it at the time. My grandfather, however, was very dedicated to the cause and that is what has brought me to your site. I was in search of work he had done for this, as it has always stuck in my mind, and the reality of the pain these men must have felt from our abandoning them was surely greater than what they endured from the enemy.
My grandfather was the "President" of Allied War Prisoners Rescue Mission in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was working on funds and support from many actors of that time such as John Wayne, Hope, Crosby.
God Bless them all and you for all your care and time and effort.
Portland, OR USA - Friday, February 09, 2001 at 17:06:08 (PDT)
I think this is a very good website for this lost person, but all we can do is hope that he will one day be found.
Tamarae Shade <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Orlando, FL USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 13:58:50 (PDT)
There are not enough lines to express my feelings about the POW-MIA situation.
I'm a US Army Veteran (RA) and was stationed at 2nd General Hospital, Landstuhl Germany APO 09180, from 1964-1967. Many of us turned in 1049's to be transferred to Nam, but were turned down unless we re-enlisted. To this day I have guilty feelings about not going.
Schererville, In USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 19:20:40 (PDT)
Life is funny. Today I stumbled onto your site not looking for "stories of true heroes".
And I will remember the name James Patterson, maybe for life......!
It leaves me with a feeling of like who is looking after me in our government, a civilian or not. Next time I vote its for "Kelly".
Hunlock Creek, PA USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 12:17:05 (PDT)
It's been along time and I'll never stop thinking of then. I spent 4 yrs in the service back then and never was sent. I would have gone if ordered.
FondDuLac, WI USA - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 21:12:04 (PDT)
I was pleasantly
surprised to find this website. I have searched for information
about Lt. Patterson several times over the years, but never thought to simply
enter his name directly into the search engine.
I received my silver band with Lt. Patterson's name in 1972 and never considered that someone else might also be wearing it.
I plan to review the extensive information presented on the website with avid interest. Thank you for pursuing and presenting to us the known details that help create a more complete picture of the person whose name I have pondered over these many years.
?, MI USA - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:25:46 (PDT)
It is obvious we need a full accounting of all prisoners of war. I surely don't trust the Vietnamese or Russian Governments. I talked to a former prisoner of war in Viet Nam and he really doesn't believe anyone was left behind. I'm not sure how he knows for sure though.
You did a great job on the information. Are Patterson's family behind you 100%?
David Shellabarger <DavidLee51@aol.com>
Union, OH USA - Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 10:03:38 (PDT)
Thank you for this web page.
I will say a prayer for all the Pow/Mia's tonight, and every night until everyone is home.
?, CT USA - Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 07:52:36 (PDT)
I came across your site while doing a search on the author James Patterson and was curious.
My Father was in the Navy for over 25 years, and my Grandfather for 30. Both were aviators, my Dad was an aircrewman AW (eyesight prevented piloting). My Grandfather piloted TBM Avengers in WWII ( he received multiple DFC's), in Korea he flew a Corsair II I think and transports in Vietnam.
To think that they could so easily have been forgotten is an outrage! Before trade normalizes completely with Vietnam (it will sooner or later), we should demand resolution of these issues! Your site is great and I applaud your work!
John Stacy <Stacy610@aol.com>
Providence, RI USA - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 21:42:46 (PDT)
I feel that our government should continue to try and locate the missing servicemen in South East Asia, and that Russia should be made to cooperate with our government on the subject of American servicemen being taken to the U.S.S.R.
The Vietnamese should do more to help us bring them home. It is now obvious that the Vietnamese violated the Geneva Convention.
I think our government should examine the possibility that the families of these servicemen should have full and just monetary compensation for their pain and suffering, just as the Jewish people are entitled to compensation from the German people.
William John Goldstein
Corpus Christi, TX USA - Friday, December 22, 2000 at 09:11:03 (PDT)
Excellent job. Very informative. I just wish there were some way to get Patterson, if he's still alive, out of the former Soviet Union.
I firmly believe they've taken thousands of US servicemen into custody. It's a real tragedy. But I'm inclined to think something can be done.
David B. Lukow
Williamsville, NY USA - Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 17:17:03 (PDT)
Thank you so much for the info on this Web Site. While I am not related to this James Patterson, I find his story compelling.
My father was flying F-4s in Vietnam for the Air Force (1969-1972) and lost many friends. One of these was Robert Elliott. I remember wearing his POW-MIA bracelet as a kid, but not knowing the true meaning of it. Over the years growing up I began to realize more and more the importance of locating all servicemen left behind. Luckily for Robert Elliott, his family and friends, his remains were finally returned home.
Let's hope that all families get closure!!
Irvine, CA USA - Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 12:49:22 (PDT)
The American people still believe that the government is doing all it can to make an accounting of our MIA's, this is pure hogwash!
We need to make it be known that we will no longer stand for their smoke and mirror routine.
Michael Potts <email@example.com>
USA - Monday, November 20, 2000 at 06:52:08 (PST)
Since I was 18 back in 1989, and since I did a school report on the Vietnam Conflict, my thoughts have pondered on the belief that our POW's/MIA's were not permanently detained within the Vietnam borders, but, were in fact given to the Soviet Union for their usage and disposal.
Once in college, I occasionally attempted research to find verification that the Soviets detained American soldiers and were using them for slave labor in the Gulags and/or using them as bargaining chips during the Cold War maneuvers. What I now want to know is whether all along our government knew about this, and if so, then why couldn't they claim it? Will my generation be old and gray before it is confirmed?
I think our nation should investigate it and put thousands of minds to rest the fate of all those brave men (including WWII and Korea).
The truth may hurt for a while, but the healing will officially begin. Thanks for listening, Bryan Collins
Bryan Collins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Smyrna, TN USA - Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 07:27:49 (PST)
In doing a search for information on the Net regarding the Attack Squadron VA-35, when I came across your website, "Moscow Bound".
I was amazed that the date of Eugene 'Red' McDaniel's plane going down matched James Kelly Patterson's, at first I thought it may have been two separate aircraft! Reading further I quickly discovered they had been crew in the same A6A, and the very compelling story unfolded.
You've done Mr. Patterson and his family proud (as well as other families of POW/MIA's), otherwise the real truth may have never been questioned. Thank-you for telling his (Mr. Patterson's) story and including photos! I noted that your website has been updated in Jan/99. Has there been any developments since that time to report? As he would now be 60 years of age, I truly hope he is well and in good health.
Jeff Schlingloff <email@example.com>
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Wednesday, November 08, 2000 at 07:50:02 (PST)
I am Vice-President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 in Kentucky. Your site is very touching and meaningful to me. I will fight every day for the freedom of our POW/MIA's from all wars. And I will keep fighting as long as I live for their freedom.
Again thank you and may God bless you.
Ronnie W. Lamb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lancaster, KY USA - Monday, September 25, 2000 at 20:18:35 (PDT)
We are dedicating a Vietnam Memorial to the 103 men from Long Beach CA who were killed in Nam. James is one of the men we are honoring. Please contact me for more info.
Mike Oravetz <email@example.com>
Long Beach, CA USA - Friday, September 22, 2000 at 00:29:03 (PDT)
The U.S. government does not care. I know from experience, was in Viet Nam, Army, 03/68 to 03/69.
Stan Fanaras <Plato 1948 @ AOL >
Balti, MD USA - Monday, September 18, 2000 at 06:23:08 (PDT)
PageCrafters.net- Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at 23:18:18 (PDT)
During late 1966 and mid-1967, I served on the USS Enterprise as PAO with CTF77; it was my privilege to serve with and know many naval aviators, including Kelly Patterson. My job was to provide daily PAO "strike summaries" for MACV, mainly recorded interviews with flyers taped in the IOIC following air strikes.
Among those most helpful and understanding of my PAO role were Kelly and Red McDaniel (in fact, most of the guys in VA-35, bless them), who spent considerable time answering my same old questions with clear, fresh and forthright descriptions of a sortie (I can still hear "bombs on target" in my sleep). For years after the war, and my return to civilian life, I feared that stories I worked on with Kelly and Red may have come back to harm them during captivity (including a major piece by visiting correspondent Jonathan Apple of the New York Times, a newspaper most flyers understandably wanted nothing to do with). A number of pilots refused to respond to any of my inquiries and never wanted to grant a media interview. Their concern was that published stories of their involvement in air strikes could end up as "evidence" in war crimes trials the North Vietnamese were threatening for POWs. It was in 1976, visiting with Red when he was CO USS Lexington, Pensacola, that he graciously and generously told me the stories we had worked on together were not a factor in the brutal treatment he endured. Kelly was still listed MIA. I will always be grateful for that meeting with Red.
Today, what I miss most is something that never happened -- Kelly was a glider pilot who knew about the gliding community in South Florida. "When we get back, I'm coming to Miami and we're going to go gliding," he assured me during one of our forays into the Big-E's midnight burger grill. I still want that glider flight from Kelly, and I'm not giving up on him somehow, someday delivering on that promise.
Meanwhile, I put his MIA bracelet on every day and remember all the brave souls who strapped into those jets no matter the weather, the politics, the fear, their own questions, and did what they were "trained to do" (another favorite answer to my interview questions). Those very special men in the cockpits, with the squadrons and ship's company in support, maintained our country's backbone tradition of individual and collective heroism, regardless of anyone's conclusion about that war. God bless them all.
Incidentally, my honoring of Kelly goes beyond the silver band on my wrist. I have two wonderful kids, one son and former Marine officer Matthew, and a 21-year-old daughter now a senior at Florida State University -- her name is Kelly, and she can tell you why.
Mel Klein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sarasota, FL USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at 12:19:08 (PDT)
I found this website while reading the Kazakhstan newspaper where you had signed their guest book.
It is real sad to think our Government would not take more measures to rescue a highly skilled aviator like Patterson. Being a US Army RANGER, it worries me to think of myself left in that situation.
Very well put together site, very informative. God bless you and LCDR Patterson!
SSG Brian L. Eisch <email@example.com>
Fayetteville, NC USA - Thursday, July 20, 2000 at 20:18:17 (PDT)
Very powerful and moving web site.
I am 50 years old so I remember well my friends and boyfriends going off to war.
Some returning, some not.
Jackson, MI USA - Wednesday, July 05, 2000 at 21:09:21 (PDT)
A great web site prepared by a dedicated American who sincerely cares.
Bob Bryant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alpharetta, GA USA - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 17:55:58 (PDT)
I came across your site when looking for data on US Naval ships. Back in 1986, I went to the memorial to the fallen service men of the Vietnam war in Washington, D.C. I found it very moving seeing so many men listed my age and much younger. I also talked to some ex-servicemen who had petitions to sign to get the government to keep up the investigations to try and account for the many POW/MIA's.
You have made a fine site to the memory of James Kelly Patterson, USN.
The people of New Zealand remember the sacrifices made by US Servicemen in the Second World War to keep the Pacific free, and we still owe them for the cost. God bless you for making an effort, its' too easy to forget. Your web page has made me remember the fallen.
Tony Organ <email@example.com>
Katikati, New Zealand - Monday, June 19, 2000 at 19:37:21 (PDT)
Excellent web page. Keep the faith. RVN 68-69
Tom Dozier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Grand Ridge, FL USA - Monday, June 05, 2000 at 11:19:36 (PDT)
I came to this very thought-provoking page because of my search to find a James Patterson (or possibly Pattison) whom I know to have been stationed at Sculthorp in the United Kingdom during the year 1959.
It doesn't appear to be the same James Patterson I am looking for, but this one will remain in my thoughts as well. Thank you for this web site.
I welcome any comments or suggestions anyone might have to offer in my search for another James (Pat) Patterson/Pattison.
Karen Lalioff <email@example.com>
?, USA - Saturday, June 03, 2000 at 08:10:00 (PDT)
You have an interesting web page. I concur with your thoughts about Kelly Patterson.
I have read Moscow Bound and I pray the obvious cover-up by the US Govt. one day will become general knowledge. It will take courageous individuals to stand up and verbally indict the Pentagon for their actions...indeed, their lack of actions!
I served in Vietnam with the US Air Force in 1966-1967. I was a Sentry Dog Handler (K-9) with the 31 Security Police Squadron.
M.C. Raper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Elm City, NC USA - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 22:26:41 (PDT)
Seems to be a very well researched web page, unfortunately the Russian and Oriental mindset concerning the value of human life doesn't raise much hope for these missing men.
?, CO USA - Thursday, April 27, 2000 at 11:35:58 (PDT)
I still wear my POW/MIA bracelet since 1972. The name on the bracelet is LCDR James Patterson.
Cathy Rivas <email@example.com>
Onarga, IL USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at 18:34:08 (PDT)
Kelly and I were Black Panthers (VA-35) together, through training at NAS Oceana, and then deploying aboard Enterprise to Viet Nam. As a pilot, I flew many training hops with Kelly, and I had great respect for his skill, intellect and marvelous attitude. I believe that he had the same for me, as we had talked about what fun it would be if we were to be teamed as a crew. That was not to be however.
Along with my B/N Stuart Johnson (probably the best B/N in the business and one of my closest friends to this day) I was in the flight directly behind Kelly and Red when they were hit by the missile. We were in the process of dodging one of our own at the same time they were hit. Nick Carpenter, Red's wingman, followed them down after their chutes opened. The remaining five of us A-6's were directed to continue on to the target, which, as it turned out, was obscured by clouds, and we were not permitted to drop (our so called "rules of engagement" - those were our instructions for the day!). Stu had a lock the target and we were prepared to salvage something of the mission, but it was a complete FUBAR - not unlike the uselessness of the entire war.
It was very disheartening for all of us, when we learned upon returning to the ship that Kelly had a broken leg, and that the Vietnamese were very close and closing in. This information was being relayed by radio by Red who was on the ground somewhere nearby, but who never saw Kelly again. You've probably heard many versions of this from several of us, and no doubt from Red himself, however, I thought you might be interested to hear from another squadron-mate who still feels the loss of a good friend.
Thanks for preparing such a marvelous tribute to Kelly and to our wonderful "old bucket of iron" - the A-6.
Best regards, Dave Cable VA-35, VA-128, Purdue NROTC 1964.
David W. Cable <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clyde Hill, WA USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at 21:32:32 (PDT)
I've written numerous stories about this hero, James Kelly Patterson, and made trips to Bangkok & Vietnam interviewing Vietnamese & American Embassy officials on him.
His brother Luck is a hero of the highest order for keeping up the fight. You are too.
Jim Wade <email@example.com>
Tucson, AZ by way of Long Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 01:56:56 (PDT)
I was in the same company/plebe year, and stayed friends to graduation. Been out of the US last 25+ years, just getting back in touch with old friendships through the USNA '63 web page.
I hope you find him.
Homer F. Smith II, USNA '63 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Santa Barbara, CA USA - Monday, April 03, 2000 at 09:59:42 (PDT)
I WANT TO GO BACK and find my missing friends.
Jim Kane (aka
Sniper) <tire fairy 44>
Sarasota, FL USA - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 11:51:53 (PDT)
I commend you on your unselfish determination to this story. I have an avid interest in Vietnam History and have read many books on it, but for some reason this site made me feel as though I was with you during your years of research.
I am a Naval Veteran myself, right from the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. While I was on a WestPac tour with the Enterprise, we lost a A-6E during flight ops but both crew men were recovered by our rescue swimmers. Man what memories your story has brought back.
A job well done, but not finished until all of our POW/MIA'S are home.
Keith Aldrich <Bartender2868753@aol.com>
Waterford, MI USA - Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 02:17:02 (PST)
I find it almost incredulous that people still can't believe that there has to have been POW's or soldiers that went AWOL still in Vietnam. I'm sure there are lots that are living and scratching out an existence over there. With more communication with the internet, etc. don't be surprised to see more stories and pictures of POW's coming out of Vietnam.
A great Web Page. Good luck to anyone in their search.
Jeff C. Adams <email@example.com>
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Thursday, March 23, 2000 at 18:37:52 (PST)
Your web site is truly inspirational!
I learned so much about LCDR James Kelly Patterson, USN. Thank you for allowing me to visit.
Charles Taliaferro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hanford, CA USA - Sunday, March 19, 2000 at 21:13:06 (PST)
I'm British and did a few rotations to SVN with a private cargo airline in the early seventies. I met a lot of your servicemen during my brief stays there, and I still wear to this day one of those silver bracelets carrying the name of 'one who didn't come back'. Its now very faded and scratched, but still whole.
The reason I fell on your site is that I was looking up the title of the book "Moscow Bound" by John.M.G.Brown, to see if it was still banned. I felt upset seeing that my copy was still banned. Its a real eye opener. Kelly Patterson is named on the pages 808 and 818.
I still feel upset and disturbed when I think of the name on my bracelet. We only know each other for a couple of days, so what must it be like for the families? All I can do is wish them good courage and much strength.
Best Regards, Stuart
Stuart Blades <SBscaillou@aol.com>
Mauzens et Miremont, 24 France - Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 15:00:32 (PST)
Terry Bernhardt <email@example.com>
Franklin Grove, IL USA - Friday, March 17, 2000 at 14:51:38 (PST)
Jacinta Dawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Victora,? USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 02:02:41 (PST)
I just wanted to say thanks to all who have served our country. Whenever I have thought of war, I think of how awful it is. So many people have lost loved ones. I can only imagine the sorrow of someone losing their dad, mom, brother, son, friend and so on.
I feel very lucky that my Dad did not have to go to Vietnam. My son and I might not be here if he had went or we may have never had a chance to know him at all. I never had the chance to meet my great- grandfather who was killed in war. He was the only great-grandparent I did not get to know as young boy.
We must all remember those who have served, fallen, or who were left behind. I commend you from behind my tears on your efforts.
Jeff Holmes <holmes914>
?,CA USA - Sunday, February 20, 2000 at 03:26:31 (PST)
Excellent graphics and music, but more important, you have done your homework.
Your dedication to our POW's and to the principles of our great country is well evident in your website.
Bill Matthes <email@example.com>
Troy, MI USA - Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 11:28:16 (PST)
Tommy J. Parker,
U.S.N. RET. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Summerville, SC USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2000 at 22:23:42 (PST)
GOOD PAGE. I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT THE GOV'T LEFT PEOPLE BEHIND...
Joe Faney <JFANEY@CUSTOMFUL.FILLMENT.COM>
Tranquility, NJ USA - Monday, February 07, 2000 at 10:38:50 (PST)
Completely chilling & angering all at the same time.
Just finished "Kiss the Boys Goodbye" (latest edition). I hope that people are still reading it.
Alfred M. Brook <email@example.com>
Woodland Hills, CA USA - Friday, February 04, 2000 at 18:48:13 (PST)
I have surfed the Net for 3 or 4 years now and I have never been so moved by a web page...!!!
I wish you and others like you Godspeed in finding the truth. You don't have to be an ex-serviceman or woman, or be an American to appreciate the sacrifices made or the efforts of loved ones to seek answers.
Anthony Vage <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Truro, United Kingdom - Wednesday, February 02, 2000 at 12:35:12 (PST)
You have an absolutely outstanding web site. I am familiar with this case.
I work on the case of Captain George D. MacDonald, 21 Dec 1972, Laos.
You have done such a wonderful job on this site. Keep The Faith, Jennifer
Springfield, IL USA - Sunday, January 30, 2000 at 15:07:14 (PST)
Thanks for your concern. My husband's so called remains were sent back by the Vietnamese in 1985, so many inaccuracies and inconsistencies. The one short paragraph that tied the remains to him said "presumed American - assumed dead". Yet an English speaking nation accepted these as fact. The person had a bad back, bad teeth, and was shorter than him. I took the description as that of an African to mean the Vietnamese were probably robbing from the French graves. The French had West Africans help them in their war against Vietnam (they were colonies at the time so they harvested these men). The Vietnamese played the US as suckers, willing ones.
We wives have gone through hell, the OFFICERS AND GENTLEMEN of the Armed Forces have not been honest with us, how could they turn their backs on their brothers?
As for the Vietnamese, they played the US as suckers, with the US' approval, politics got in the way. As a Third world person, I know what the Vietnamese did, they laughed all the way to the bank (did the US not pay for each remains recovery). I had to fight in the military courts to get my husband's date of death changed, to do so I had to accept the remains that were not his. Is the fact that the Hawaii Lab DNA could prove the lies resulted in stopping the flow of remains? So much of my paperwork makes me realize my husband is in the Soviet Union too, I don't care what anyone says.
We held Clinton to sex lies, let's hold those responsible for lying regarding the status of our men. But no hue and cry over these lies, they are so much more damaging!!!
I just got back from Sierra Leone where there is a war going on (exactly as in Kosovo). We barely made it out with our lives, my home was burned to the ground and we lost everything, yet my not knowing what really happened to my husband haunts me daily, he was such a wonderful man. I hate wars. I saw my people turned into animals and we were such loving people, when will mankind learn? And who are these human beings who are enslaving our men? I thought you all are supposed to be civilized, being involved in two wars on two different continents. I see that when it comes to war, those involved are all barbaric, especially those who send people to wars. I hope we all learn diplomacy, as nobody dies from talking.
I hope those who know what happened to our men will have the common decency to open up. Which Officer or Gentleman will come forward and tell, or are those who know cowards trying to save their jobs?
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON ANYONE WHO KNOWS BUT IS COVERING UP. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. PLEASE THEY HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH. ANYONE OUT THERE HEAR OUR CRIES, AS THEY ARE YOUR BROTHERS IN ARMS, HELP THEM COME HOME, PLEASE.......!
Erna McKinney for Lt. Clemie McKinney, USN (POW/MIA 14 Apr 1972) <Cleminatu@aol.com>
Oakland CA, USA - Friday, January 21, 2000 at 17:47:00 (PST)
I retired from the Air Force in 1994. Prior to my enlistment, I can remember the POW's coming home during "Operation Home Coming". I never really believed that all those captured were released, but it was still hard to imagine that our government would not do everything in it's power to seek their release. I can only imagine that this same thought is in each and every serviceman's mind as they fight in far off places, "Will I be forgotten if I'm captured?"
We should never give up hope on these men, whether dead or alive, each has made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I wear the name of Captain Jerry Mundt, shot down May 8, 1969. I was only 14 years old at the time. How naive I was then and our country still is today.
Daniel J. Johnson <email@example.com>
Melbourne, FL USA - Thursday, January 20, 2000 at 10:29:29 (PST)
I am looking for any information on one of the other "Russia Bound" men. Edwin Palmgren was shot down and his name has shown up on lists of the Russia Bound. Has anyone seen any recent information (pro or con) since 1996 about this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Rita Ractliffe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Van Nuys, CA USA - Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 17:23:52 (PST)
I retired from the U.S. Navy in 1991 after 30 years. I have found myself growing increasingly aware of the POW/MIA situation, and wanting to make a difference through involvement. I have started signing off all my personal communications with the motto: POW/MIA's Never Have A Nice Day.
I just wish there was something I could do. I pray that some how, some where, some time, this issue will be resolved for the families of our fellow servicemen, and that they will come home to rest.
Dennis Palamarchuck <DennisPaul@Blomand.net>
Sparta, TN USA - Thursday, January 06, 2000 at 15:26:58 (PST)
Thank you for your research.
I will repeat the LtCdr's story and encourage others to view this site.
Gary S. Bell,AT-1 VA-34,79/80,Amer.Legion240 <email@example.com>
Scottdale, PA USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2000 at 00:16:53 (PST)
Hard (emotionally) to read.
Brings back lots of memories and feelings about our commitments to our government and country and the lack of same from them to us.
Andre' Coltrin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tracy, CA USA - Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 10:23:09 (PST)
Well done! This Christmas, I'll make it a point to include all POW/MIA's in our prayer of gratitude for the sacrifices they and their families made.
I am also looking to contact an old Pre-Flight classmate, Bob Naughton, Class 38-60, from Cedar Rapids, who spent over 7 years as a POW.....any help?
John Tenaglia (Lt. USNR '60-'65) <JFTags@aol.com>
New Fairfield, CT USA - Thursday, December 23, 1999 at 09:32:00 (PST)
I admire the hard work and dedication your web site reflects.
You deserve a gigantic attaboy for keeping the memory of this fine airman alive!
Jim Roberts, Cdr USN Retired <email@example.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 16:49:23 (PST)
Great web-site! I'll pass the URL around to others, including a group of former F8 Crusader pilots. You deserve more visitors.
I'm a retired Naval Aviator, and appreciate your efforts. R.S. Tinsley LCDR USNR-Ret
Robert "Slim" Tinsley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Titusville, FL USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 20:05:55 (PST)
I have recently adopted PFC Paul Chester King, Jr. from Operation Just Cause and am researching POW/MIA web sites in an attempt to properly remind others of my fight to ensure he is returned to our country and to ensure that he is still remembered.
Your web site for LCDR James Kelly Patterson is one of the most informative and best designed I have seen yet. I commend you for taking up his cause and hope this gallant serviceman returns home soon. Again, you have done a great job ensuring that others will remember LCDR Patterson.
Chad Pfeil <email@example.com>
Methuen, MA USA - Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 19:00:27 (PST)
I am currently a full-time student at a local community college, and full-time mom of 5. As for a final grade I chose my research paper on "Vietnam POWs: Already HOME?" I have yet to present it to the class. But, all the information I found and of course gave credit where credit is due found myself wanting to learn more and more. My research continues on even though my research paper is as complete as it can be.
I thank you for not forgetting the men who "STILL SERVE" for they are not forgotten from where I stand. My dad toured three times to Vietnam and a Marine for 21 years. And my mom as well served as a Marine and I am now married to a Marine who was in the Gulf War. God Bless
Tracey Lynn Esch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Havelock, NC USA - Thursday, December 02, 1999 at 21:03:28 (PST)
I lived in Alexandria, VA from 1989 to 1998. There I was privileged to make friends with Red McDaniel. We have had many conversations about his shoot-down and POW experience, and his obsession (not too strong a word) with finding Kelly Patterson while there might still be time. His efforts to do so have been intense and imaginative, but, sadly, unsuccessful.
Your tribute is overwhelming. Thanks!
Leland H. Williams <email@example.com>
Columbia, SC USA
I just discovered your excellent and deeply moving tribute to my navigator, Lt. James Kelly Patterson.
Thank you for refusing to allow him to be forgotten!
Eugene "Red" McDaniel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alexandria, VA USA
I was an enlisted aircrewman who flew over 60 combat patrols in Vietnam between 1966-68 and on the Pueblo capture by North Korea, as an ordnanceman (AO3-A/C)in VP aircraft, Lockheed SP-2H Neptune, Patrol Squadron Two (VP-2, NAS Whidbey Island, WA). My patrols were below the DMZ to the Delta and other AO'S. I have been involved with POW/MIA'S and veteran's groups for the past 27 years.
This is a remarkable piece of work you have put together. Thanks for your efforts and I'm sure LCmdr. Patterson thanks you where ever he may be. God bless.
Larry Doyle Sr.
Aston, PA. USA -
EVERLASTING SADNESS TOWARDS A GOVERNMENT THAT WOULD TURN ITS BACK ON THOSE MEN WHO WERE LEFT BEHIND.
AND THEY DID!!!
John H. Carr <Curly176@aol.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA -
As a writer researching the imprisonment of Vietnam Veterans in the Soviet Union, I find your page very compelling. Is there any official investigation into remaining POWs in Moscow?
I was totally absorbed by your story....particularly so because I'm an American now living in Kazakhstan. The story was very moving and frankly emotional. Is there a further ending to it?
John Owens <email@example.com>
I've misplaced my Patterson bracelet. Took it off before I had to go into the hospital a few months ago, and now I can't find it. Boy, am I depressed. Thanks again for keeping up this site. I wish everyone on the Net would visit here.
Lou Mulsand <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Knoxville, TN USA -
Outstanding website and information!
Request permission to link your website to my own Gunny G's Marine Postal WebSite.
Thank You, Semper Fidelis, ~Dick Gaines
Richard Gaines GySgt
USMC Ret. <GunnyG@HotMail.Com>
Rochester, NY USA -
We really are grateful to you for keeping Kelly's (Jim's) memory alive.
I was one of Kelly's classmates at the Naval Academy. One of Kelly's roommates, Jim Ring, wrote all of us about your Web page. Please, keep up the good work!
Millersville, MD USA -
Thank you for the time you put in on this - it is needed to remind some and inform others so people like our Kelly Patterson are not forgotten...
It is maddening that the last several rounds of Congressional 'investigations' didn't turn out more publicity, especially with Viet Nam Combat Vets and an ex-POW (USN Aviator) serving as US Senators ------- I believe what you believe. Best regards.
Vero Beach, FL USA -
Your site was a beautiful tribute to this man!! I was very moved by it.
I am the president of a family support group for the RI Army National Guard. I am very involved with the military through my husband. I will be starting a web site in the next few weeks and I will be "adopting" a POW for our site in order to raise more awareness for these men. Thank you for your inspiration!!
Patti Joubert <email@example.com>
Johnston, RI USA -
Too many emotions to begin to express...
Laura Gregor Segura <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Colton, CA USA -
The blood, sweat, and tears invested in your site are much appreciated by this soldier. Thank you for sharing your creativity with me.
1st R.O.K. Inf Div...9th
R.O.K. Inf Div...19th Combat Engrs....65-66-67....
MACV TM 3 Hue 1st ARVN Inf Div.....69-70....8 other months in country...
George E. Felts <email@example.com>
Camdenton, MO USA -
Great page. Brings up alot of points and ideas. I am very interested on how you got some of the information that you got.
I am trying to get more on my MIA Marine Major Steven Ray Armistead.
Semper Fi and great page!
Marra Wilds <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Coronado, CA USA -
I have never felt that all the prisoners were released in 1973. A government that abandoned it's soldiers in both WWII and Korea would also abandon them in S.E. Asia.
Glen Gouge <email@example.com>
Ada, OK USA -
I too remember those POW/MIA bracelets very well. I must have been about 13 or 14, a girl in my 7th grade English class wore one. I also remember trying to locate one to wear myself. I was never able to find one.
But I never forget my friend and the silver bracelet. I hope her POW made it home.
Nancy G Tatz
<Ntatz @ AOL.Com>
Acworth, GA USA -
Kelly and I were classmates, and flew off the Enterprise together during the 66-67 cruise. I was in the back seat of the Vigilante, a reconnaissance aircraft, and was on the strike group the day Kelly was shot down.
I recently sent Kelly's brother (Luck) a tape recording of the strike, when they were hit and Kelly says to Red...."Let's get out of here"...and a swoosh. Both beepers are heard on the ground. A small technicality, I think the Fulton recovery gear was dropped by a C130, and not an F4, but it's been a long time ago, and it's not that important. What is important is Kelly's memory and I salute you for keeping it alive.
We had many times on the Enterprise when Kelly and I would ask ourselves why we were doing what we were doing. Why risk our lives taking photos of SAM assembly sites (that were off limits to the bombers for fear the Russian technicians might get hit)...while the strike group was tasked to go after the bicycle assembly shop in the same block. It didn't make any sense to any of us, but we did it because we had both taken the oath to "faithfully carry out the orders..." and because we hadn't signed up to only follow the orders we wanted to.
It might sound a little corny, but Kelly was a true patriot, and even though he had doubts about what we were doing, and why we were doing it, and how irrational it seemed, he did it because that was what he had signed up to do.
Someone with a better memory than mine can tell us for sure...but I think the target on the day Kelly was shot down (along with 2 other U.S. aircraft on the same strike that didn't make it back to the carrier)...was the bicycle assembly shop on the south side of Hanoi.
Thanks for keeping Kelly's memory alive.
Peter Carrothers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sugar Land, TX USA -
I will contact my Senator.
R.B. Berglund <email@example.com>
Sharon, MA USA -
Very interesting and insightful site.
I think the probability is very high that your hypothesis is true. Based on the information you posted you have done extensive research.
My Vietnamese name is Do Kim Dung born 1/4/66.
John D. Clement <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boise, ID USA -
I admire your dedication. Keep up the good work and keep the faith.
Just want you to know there are a few of us in the news media who believe as you do.
KNX-AM Radio/LA <email@example.com>
Oak Park, CA USA -
Extremely thought provoking web page. I could not stop reading
The thought of Americans left as POW's sickens me.
Steve Lyons <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN"
YOUR WEB SITE BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES FOR I TOO LOST A DEAR FRIEND - MY FATHER.
Jeffrey Tyler <email@example.com>
FTW, TX USA -
I am concerned about the plight of our MIA/PoW's and am reassured by individuals, such as yourself, who are knowledgeable about this issue and who not only SAY they are concerned but DO something about it.
I would like to be able to add POW/MIA LCDR James Kelly Patterson, USN to the 'In Memory Of - Forever Heroes' roster.
Please take care & don't give up the fight!
Janice M. Cross
Rome, GA USA -
Your description of my participation in the events surrounding the shootdown and subsequent activities is, to my recollection, totally accurate.
Congratulations on a particularly important website.
Richard M. (Kilo) Slaasted <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Marshall, VA USA -
Your dedication to this dark issue in our history is worthy of all my admiration. Someone may think of your efforts after so long as excessive, but I do not.
If it were me wasting away in an enemy prison somewhere, I would have wished it to be my name on your bracelet. Then I would be strengthened by the knowledge that I had not been forgotten. God bless you. You are a true patriot.
Randy Garmon <email@example.com>
Columbus, GA USA -
I found this page extremely interesting. My thoughts are with
My father did six tours in Vietnam and because of this I wanted to do some research to better understand. Thank you.
Wayne Patterson III <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Las Vegas, NV USA -
Compelling account! My thoughts are with your search...
Boston, MA USA -
Bill - we have talked before. I was Jim's roommate at the Naval Academy for three of our four years there. I found about the website today from Luck.
Our class just had our 35th reunion and Joel Warshaw, one of our classmates who was an A-6 Marine pilot gave me a picture of the two of them in Vietnam taken one month before he was shot down. It would be a good one for your web site.
The site is a great memorial to Jim and I hope that you can get in touch with Luck because he has updated info on the search for Jim. He has accepted the military's site as the one where the plane crashed. Jim's classmates funded Luck's trip to Kazakhstan and he should update you on that.
USNA Class of 1963 lost 13 in Vietnam, three in the sinking of the nuclear sub, Scorpion, and one in the attack on LIBERTY in 1967 by Israel. We lost many others in training accidents and so far over 70 of the 870 graduates are gone. To memorialize them, we developed a tax exempt Foundation that has provided college scholarship grants of $2500 a year to the children of our deceased classmates. So far the have contributed to the education of 77 children. We will never forget their sacrifice.
Even though I served in 1964,65,66 in Vietnam with the Navy including amphibious assaults with the Marines, I never see the Vietnam Wall without feeling guilty that I did not do enough. I will be there this week to visit Jim and my other classmates on Veterans Day.
The Patterson family has been another casualty of Vietnam. They have spent time and money in their search for Jim to no avail. The Vietnam War is over, but not for everyone.
Alexandria, VA USA -
Thanks for the web site - served '67 Dong Ha USMC 11th Engineers - wish all could have come back!
Danny Brown <email@example.com>
Thomaston, GA USA -
Thank you for not forgetting one of America's finest.
I served during the Viet Nam era but was fortunate not to have been assigned to Viet Nam. One of my saddest moments was when I learned of the loss of a first cousin with whom I grew up with. Joseph Hardy's name is inscribed on the monument in D.C.
I will never forget his ultimate sacrifice for me and my Country.
I am grateful for your perseverance on behalf of James Kelly Patterson.
Keep up the good work and may God Bless You!
James R. Patterson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fresno, CA USA -
This site was referred to me by George Patterson (brother) of James.
As the new POW/MIA Liaison and sailor of fifteen years, it's nice to know they will never be forgotten.
LTJG Michael Gallant <NavyPOWMIA@aol.com>
Cordova, TN USA -
I learned about your page from POWNET.
I was surprised and delighted. Your page is incredible! A real tribute to Kelly. I could not have done so fine a job myself.
I went to Vietnam 1995, to Kazakhstan 1997, and uncovered more mysteries, more evidence. I'd like to update you and POWNET. Good job!!!!
Luck Patterson <email@example.com>
Laguna Beach, CA USA -
Good website. This is a very interesting account of one POW. I hope you are wrong about leaving POW's in Southeast Asia, but I fear you may be right.
Tommy D. Hill <THill54@aol.com>
Lexington , AL USA -
You have a wonderful page and have truly honored our POW/MIA's.
God Bless you and keep the faith!!!
-, IN USA -
I was so touched to see that you share my opinions about Russia -- you know what I mean --- there are so few who will believe. But I know that there is at LEAST one who is still alive. I simply know this. I appreciate that you are willing and able to get this message out!!!
-, - USA -
Your site is filled with honor and dignity and as a veteran I thank you...
To all those who gave up their tomorrows, so we can enjoy our todays, Semper Fi...
-,- USA -
GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN - BRING THEM ALL BACK HOME!!!
Jeff Ellis <B872776@aol.com>
San Diego, CA USA -
NO WORDS WOULD HELP TO SAY HOW I FEEL!!!
-,- USA -
Can't talk....can't type....Thank you!
Mike (Boudreau) Jennings
Louisville, KY USA -
I have been telling people for years that our pilots were sent to China and Russia when captured. I am printing your page to let them read. Keep the faith brother, and continue to spread the word about POW-MIA's.
James V, Dickey Sr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Westville, OK USA -
I am a supporter of the Vietnam veterans. I would like to say 'Welcome Home To All'. May God bless each and everyone who served. I found your web site one of the best I have seen. It angers me so much to think there are still POW/MIA'S. But in my head I know there are. I drive with a POW/MIA tag on my car. What's so sad, alot of people don't even know what it means......A friend who cares, Sandra
Sandra Boozer <email@example.com>
Smithville, MS USA -
One of the best web pages I have ever seen! A lot of work, both in research and design are evident.
A true tribute to a war hero!
Alan Berkowsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Morton Grove, IL USA -
THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SITE!!!
I too wear a POW/MIA bracelet...a red one. While serving in the USAF, I purchased the bracelet "belonging" to Captain Barry W. Hilbrich, USA SF, 09 JUN 70, SVN. I wear it with pride, respect, and concern...it serves as a constant reminder of a dark secret known only to those involved in the tragedy as well as the policy. I will recommend this site, and those like it, to my friends and fellow veterans. Thanks for keeping the fire burning bro. Hope to talk to you soon...!
Paul "Cooter" Flynn <email@example.com>
Louisville, KY USA -
A moving tribute to LCDR Patterson and all MIA/POW's. Well Done.
George Ogilvie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Newberg, OR USA -
There is a saying that on the Internet "Content is King." Your site not only has content but also heart.
Your Web site affected me greatly and I have been thinking about James Kelly Patterson ever since...You have provided a wonderful service by keeping the memory of our heroes alive.
Karen Owen <email@example.com>
-, - USA -
I ran across your home page and found it very interesting. I just wrote to commend you on your dedication to that soldier and the many more who have been forgotten. I personally am too young to know about the war, but I thank God for the men and women who fought and gave their lives for our country. Once again I commend you for your dedication, we need more like you. May God bless you in every way!
Mrs. Joel Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-, - USA -
Turns out I will be traveling to Kazakhstan soon for an international Oil and Gas Production assignment. I will be located in Aktau (port city on E. coast of Caspian Sea). While I'm sure I will be busy with my job, I will keep my eyes and ears open for any news from people I come into contact with regarding U.S. Servicemen in Kazakhstan. Who knows?!
Jeffery W. Johnson <email@example.com>
Universal City, CA USA -
A moving, provocative, and well researched tribute page. Only a couple years too young to go to Vietnam, I serve in the USN today. I heard about the political expedience sacrificing our MIAs, and for my uncle who died there and my friends who served there, I wanted to honor them.
San Diego, CA USA -
An excellent site. As one of your guest book entries said, writing letters just doesn't do it. Most politicians really don't care, unless it can get them re-elected.
Sadly, most Americans really don't care either. What they don't realize is there Country's Honor and Integrity is at stake. Does America still stand for Freedom and Justice? It's up to you. It's your future!
Bill Matthes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Troy, MI USA -
We knew we left some behind in Laos.
In April, 1971 the 2nd Bn., 1st Marine Reg. were dropped into Laos because of a tip of US POWs being held in a camp there. I was with that group and we found the camp. We found American belongings and the bowls of rice were still warm on the tables in hootches. They booked out minutes before we got there.
We gave it a try, but all of us knew we left them behind, and I wonder who they were and hope they are farming the rice fields and still alive. Mike B. - Former USMC
Mike Buchart <email@example.com>
-, CO USA -
I have had James Kelly Patterson's bracelet for almost 29 years. I read your page with great tears. I never knew what became of him, and didn't know how to find the answers. I got to visit the wall this Spring, found his name and burst into tears. I had hoped that I would not find his name there, meaning maybe he had been released and was home living his life.
Thank you for this site. Although there are still tears, and I still do not have all the answers, at least I have some answers; and I finally have a way to tell his family and friends that for 29 years someone out there was thinking about him every day and praying for his safe return. Thank you.
Bernadette Cantrell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- ,OK USA -
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have Kelly's bracelet also. It is Memorial Day today and I was thinking of him...I typed his name in the search window and found your site. May God bless you!
Lou Mulsand <SANDRAMULS@AOL.COM>
Knoxville, TN USA -
Your page goes a long way to show the good that can come from the Web. I grew up with a friend whose father was a M.I.A. It was really tough sometimes to watch this boy beat himself up wondering why his Dad wasn't coming home.
I just wish the leaders of Government would take responsibility for the actions of the period that left the families and friends of these men forever wondering what really happened.
Bob Bricks <The-Bricks@juno.com>
Des Plaines, IL USA -
A flood of memories. A great sadness. A profound disappointment...and thankfulness that I came home.
In service then to an ungrateful nation and until a few years ago, to a government as dense as any jungle in Southeast Asia...I have retired but I have not forgotten...
Ed Komzelman <email@example.com>
Escondido, CA USA -
You've done an excellent job. Wish I could do more than write my Congressmen, who don't seem too interested. Keep up the good work.
Dalton, GA USA -
An extremely moving and provocative web page.
As they say, "Lest we not forget!"... people have died so that we may enjoy the freedom we have today.
It should also be noted that we get the government that we deserve...unfortunate for those that remain in captivity.
Gregg Howard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Laguna Niguel, CA USA -
Thank you for creating this page. I too have been wearing Kelly's bracelet for more than 25 years, and have listened to the government "line" dismissing all evidence of men left behind with anger and dismay.
Peggy Dolan <email@example.com>
Miami, FL USA -
I just wanted to tell you how good it felt to read the tribute that you have written. It makes me proud to know that there are still people out there that are truly devoted and passionate about the MIA/POW's that are still missing.
I was fortunate enough to have my father return, but I know those whose family members did not. I can only hope that others will read what you have written and start to realize just what went on in Vietnam and how much we owe those men and women our respect and gratitude. Thank you again.
Tracy Baird <Tracy-Baird@home.com>
Nashville, TN USA -
You have done a great job of bringing one of the cases of our abandoned POW's to light. For those of us that have been pursuing this issue for several years, the Patterson case portrays an excellent example of how the USG turned it's back on our fighting men who became POWs or MIAs.
The term KIA-BNR (Killed-In-Action - Body-Not-Recovered) is a cop-out to achieve a full accounting without proper investigation.
America should hang it's head in shame.
Ted Guy - Former POW captured in Laos.
Ted Guy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sunrise Beach, MO USA -
Your web site was very moving. Too many people have forgotten. Too many children are not being taught the truth. We must all do what we can to keep this issue alive. I love the X-File quote because it applies so well.
'The truth is out there'.
Marci Suarez <email@example.com>
Mesa, AZ USA -
I was deeply touched by the story you told of Kelly Patterson.
My father was in the Air Force and served in both World War II and Viet Nam. I still see the pain in his eyes for those left behind. Thank you for helping us remember those who gave so much.
K. Owen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
San Diego, CA USA -
Mr. Newman, I thank you for your site and your concern for the MIA's.
I was a POW in North Vietnam from September 26, 1966 til March 4, 1973.
Keep up the good work, Ted Ballard.
Ted Ballard <email@example.com>
Sgt. US Army VN 1997 25 Inf. 2/27 Wolfhounds
Terence McConnell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA -
Dear Mr. Newman, I commend you for the effort you have put forth on your web site. Your interest is certainly commendable. I appreciate what you have accomplished and I am sure his family feels the same.
I am a Vietnam Veteran. I remember how difficult it was to say you served in Vietnam. You never would know what kind of response you would get from people during that era.
I thank you for your commitment to this aviator and his family. Thank you.
Doug Kaherl <email@example.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA -
I'm a former Marine of the VietNam era. I stumbled across your site and was intrigued by it. Thank you!
Bill Boyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mission Vievo, CA USA -
Your commitment to finding out what happened to your fellow countryman is most admirable. Were I in his position, it seems the only thing I would have to give me comfort would be the faith that someone from my country would never quit looking.
Don't ever give up for any reason.
Jim Townsend <email@example.com>
Calgary, AB Canada -
Dear Mr. Newman, I enjoyed reading the content of your web page and your skill in developing the same. Your interest in an Unfortunate Vietnam Era Naval Aviator is certainly commendable in that it reminds us all of a most difficult time when wartime suffering was shared by all. I fortunately did not have to serve in the war as I was preparing and then actually attending medical school toward the end of US involvement in Southeast Asia.
However, stories of Americans who fought during the 60's and early 70's helps remind us of the devastation of war and the personal tragedy families encountered. Many thanks for a nice piece of work.
Mark I. Ackerman,
Meadowbrook, PA USA -
I am grateful that you have given people the opportunity to see yet another insight into POWs during the Vietnam War.
As a Marine Aviator, I entered on active duty in 1983 and left in 1994. Although I was too young to have been involved in the Vietnam War, I remember all too well when my father left for over a year, fortunately he returned.
I have always had a special place in my heart for the POWs who didn't return. Thank you for your insight into another tragedy that I feel was guided by politics. Semper Fi
Jon Warrington <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Venice, CA USA -
I also was born in 1940. I also am a Navy Aviation Vet. I had the good fortune not to be in Nam. I had the good fortune to have the POW on my bracelet return. He was CDR Eugene McDaniel. Those who did not return are in my prayers.
I was an AT2 ASW in VP9 and VU1. I got out after four years and went to college and law school.
Al Nicholas <email@example.com>
New Era , MI USA -
I happened across this page while searching for information regarding a possible job opportunity in Aktau, Kazakhstan. It just so happens I also am very interested in the Vietnam War and the POW issue.
I read with great fascination the facts regarding James Kelly Patterson's ordeal. Thank you for your diligent effort to reach the truth. I applaud your efforts.
It is unthinkable that the U.S. Government does not approach this issue with the same tenacity you have demonstrated!
Jeffery W. Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Universal City, CA USA -
The issue of POW/MIA is a critical cause that should be investigated thoroughly and honestly. If we are to achieve the goal of the democracy that the founding fathers envisioned then this issue must be put to rest, and the missing should be found, and the imprisoned should be freed.
Being from a generation that has learned about Vietnam and previous wars from my history book, the only thing in common I have with families of the missing and imprisoned throughout the world is that I care. I care when an American has given their all, and is then forgotten about. I encourage all who have seen this page to write and encourage the government to take up the mission of finding the truth and returning our people. The only way freedom can prevail is to sound your voice as an American, and if not as an American, then as a human being.
Benjamin D. Peters <email@example.com>
Denville, NJ USA -
Thank you so much for inviting me over to view this very informative site! The work you have put into gathering information on this MIA/POW whose cause you champion is highly commendable! Keep up the brilliant work, it's time our men came home!
Portland, OR USA -
It was very informative and very well done. You've put a lot of work and thought into this website. One point you might think about is this: In the early days of communism when we had the cold war going on, Russia would build cities just like those in the US and train the people how to act, talk, and be a free citizen, and then sneak them over here to mingle with us U.S. born citizens to try to undermine our thinking, government, religion, education, etc. Many of them got use to our form of capitalism and didn't want to leave. They found they could combine their way of thinking with our way of capitalism.
What's to stop the Russian government from taking political prisoners to which our POW/MIA's should be listed in reality and putting them in these cities and brainwashing them into believing they are in the US cities. Who really knows the truth other than God?
There MAY be a 57 year old man living in some city in Russia believing that he has been freed after all these years. That would be the worse crime of all. But those things have been known to happen.
Joan Paule <VietnamVetWife@juno.com>
Clermont, FL USA -
I have never been satisfied with our governments (US) handling of the POW/MIA situation. It had always seemed that too many of the people involved (certainly not the POW's) had lots to cover-up, and there were too many unspoken interests, political, military, etc., with the last item on their agenda being the grunts.
David Erwin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mountain View, CA USA -