Please help Bring Colonel John F. O'Grady Home!
Col. O’Grady was shot down over Vietnam in 1967 and went missing, leaving behind a wife and seven children.( Colonel John F. O'Grady USAF POW/MIA; A pilot, an engineer, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy & the father of 7 .O'Grady earned the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Star Medals, and a Purple Heart.
I am the youngest daughter of the seven children and after over 30 years of not knowing the fate of my dad, and wondering if he was alive or dead or if he suffered; I finally received some answers on Memorial Day 2012.
The government interviewed two Vietnamese soldiers that recalled my father’s last day upon this earth. He had survived the plane crash with just a broken leg and a small scalp wound, he landed in a tree and was entangled in in his parachute rendering him helpless. As a result he was captured by two villagers that later handed him over to two Vietnamese soldiers. The soldiers did not have a vehicle to transport him to a hospital so they carried him on a liter. Hours later, after requesting water,(which the soldiers did not give him claiming they did not have a cup) he died before they reached the hospital. The soldier recalled O'Grady clinging to a photo of his wife and family more specifically remembered a picture of at least two young daughters. One soldier stated he remembered the it so vividly because of O'Grady's great reluctance to give up the photo. After O'Grady died the soldiers used a Star Fruit Tree as a reference point for burial so someday his body could be returned to the family and claim they buried him with his I.D. tags.
JPAC started excavating the site, near the Star Fruit Tree but they stated they were forced to suspend the operation due to interference by one family member. The family deserves closure and they desperately seek it. It has been over a year and still JPAC has not resumed the excavation. It is Time to bring this Hero Home...
I was 6 years old when my father was shot down & the last letter he ever wrote, was to me;
The following is a quote from that letter;
""Daddy is flying a lot and the more he flies the sooner he will be home for good and that's what he wants more than anything else in the world, so he can give out great big hugs and kisses to everyone, but especially to little girls in the first grade whom won't be in the first grade much longer."
Help me to fulfill his last wish & Bring him Home.
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is a group of dedicated volunteers that work tirelessly to account for all our missing soldiers. It is understandable that they were forced to suspend excavating O'Grady's burial site. It has been over a year since JPAC suspended operations. The government knows where O'Grady is buried and we cannot in good conscience let him lie in an unmarked grave 8,000 miles away. Now it is time to begin the excavation process again.
You can also help by LIKING O'Grady's FB Page https://www.facebook.com/ColonelJohnOGradyALostHero
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Last edited by TaraOGrady; 07-22-2013 at 10:32 PM. Reason: POW/MIA, Colonel John F. O'Grady
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