WEBB, RONALD JOHN
Name: Ronald John Webb Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force Unit: 390th TFS Date of Birth: 29 August 1937 Home City of Record: Trenton NJ Date of Loss: 11 June 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212600 North 1061800 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Missions: 44 Other Personnel in Incident: Hervey Stockman, returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated 2000.
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RONALD J. WEBB Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: June 11, 1967 Released: March 4, 1973
I was born in Trenton, New Jersey on August 29, 1937. As a youngster I traveled all over the United States. I finished High School in Gary, Indiana-Class of 1955. My interests include music (I play a violin), all sports (I was a life guard), traveling, history, and flying-to name a few.
I graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Education and I have a major in Language Arts (High School English teacher), and a minor in History. I entered the Air Force in March 1960, being commissioned through ROTC. I served as a Navigator (KB-50 Tanker) until 1965 when I went on lo Pilot Training. From there I moved on to F4C training in 1966 and to Da Nang AB, South Vietnam.
My only daughter, Stephanie Marie, was born December 1964 in El Paso, Texas.
I was captured on June 11, 1967. For the first three years I was held at Camp 4, "The Plantation," in Hanoi. In June 1970 I was moved to "Little Vegas" section of the main prison Hoa Lo In December 1970 I was moved to the section known as "Camp Unity," where I remained (with a short excursion out to "Skid Row" and back to "Heartbreak") until my release 4 March 1973.
While in Hanoi I learned a lot about life and about myself I learned a greater appreciation of our wonderful United States of America I learned a lot about faith in God, country and family While in I Hanoi, I met some of the greatest men I could ever hope to meet Americans of whom their country can he so proud But they are no different than the millions of fine Americans back home who never forgot us, never lost faith in us, and who supported us through their loyalty, patriotism, and support of our great President
The Vietnam struggle and involvement on the part of the United States has been a long, difficult and distasteful one Unfortunately thousands of outstanding Americans gave their lives - while others are still missing, and so many others served their tours over there with proper loyalty, patriotism, and honor of American citizenship I deeply regret that our great nation suffered so much internal dissension during this conflict, but I do feel we, as a nation, learned great lessons and achieved much of what we intended.
While in Hanoi I learned a lot about Communism and what a dedicatedly evil menace it is in our world today. I understand most profoundly now that this menace must be fought, controlled, and deteriorated throughout the world Complacency will not be a safeguard against Communist ideology for it never rests Maintaining our genuine and true American principles of freedom and democracy is our strongest combatant-against this very real threat.
Finally, I can't begin to explain how grand it feels to be back - to have gained a second chance at life. This freedom that we at long last were given again, was afforded us through the diligent efforts of so many: from our faithful families, bracelet wearers, Americans who prayed, wrote letters, supported the Administration, etc, right on up to our military diplomatic leaders to Dr. Kissinger, Mr. Rogers, and President Nixon.
It's wonderful to be an American!
========================== Ronald Webb retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Margie reside in Florida. He has served as an official with the FAA during the Bush Admistration.