The database page for Robert Carl Wistrand
I have worn Lieutenant Colonel Robert Carl Wistrand's POW/MIA bracelet since the mid-70's. I would like to give his bracelet to his family, and I have tried to locate them to no avail.
I hope this doesn't seem insignificant, because I can't describe what seeing his name on the Wall a few years ago did to me. Ever since then, I've wanted to do this. I guess I want his family to know there was someone else out there who cared and thought about him for many years ...
I too have been wearing the bracelet of Robert C. Wistrand since I was a young teenager in the 70's. I am now 43 years old. I would like his family to know that I have never forgotten him and followed the war activities for years with my grandmother. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information regarding Col Robert C. Wistrand. Thanks and God bless.
On May 9, 1965, Captain Robert C. Wistrand was assigned a mission which would take him through the Mu Gia Pass on the border between Laos and North Vietnam. He was flying an F-105D Thunderchief, an aircraft which flew more missions against North Vietnam than any other U.S. aircraft. It also suffered more losses than any other aircraft type.
During the mission, Wistrand's aircraft crashed. Wingmen observed no parachute and heard no emergency radio beeper signals. Searches of the loss area were fruitless. There remained the possibility, however, that Wistrand had successfully ejected and he was classified Missing in Action.
Robert C. Wistrand was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he was maintained as missing in action. His remains have not been repatriated.
A memorial from one who wore his MIA bracelet,|
08 Jan 1999
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)