JERDY A WRIGHT JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 129 OF THE WALL

JERDY ALBERT WRIGHT JR

WALL NAME

JERDY A WRIGHT JR

PANEL / LINE

5E/129

DATE OF BIRTH

12/21/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/07/1966

HOME OF RECORD

RANDOLPH AFB

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bexar County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

COL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JERDY ALBERT WRIGHT JR
POSTED ON 2.15.2001
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE TWO YOUNG UNITED STATES AIR FORCE PILOTS WHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

COLONEL

JERDY ALBERT WRIGHT JR.

and

COLONEL

GORDON LEE PAGE


WERE PILOTING AN RF101C ASSIGNED TO A

RECONNAISSANCE MISSION OVER VIETNAM ON

MARCH 7, 1966

WHEN THEIR AIRCRAFT WAS ABOUT 10 MILES

NORTHWEST OF CON CUONG IN NGHE AN PROVINCE,

NORTH VIETNAM, IT WENT DOWN AND THESE TWO

TOP AIR FORCE FLYERS WERE DECLARED AS

MISSING IN ACTION


THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

FURTHER EXPANDED THE CLASSIFICATION OF

MISSING IN ACTION

BY ADDING AN ENEMY KNOWLEDGE FACTOR OF 4.

CATEGORY 4 WAS GENERALLY APPLIED TO CASES

IN WHICH THE TIME OR LOCATION OF LOSS WAS

UNKNOWN, OR CASES IN WHICH NO SOLID

EVIDENCE EXISTED THAT INDICATED THAT THE

ENEMY HAD KNOWLEDGE OF THE FATE OF THE

LOST PERSONNEL.

IN 1973, 591 AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR

WERE RELEASED FROM THEIR PRISONS ALL OVER

SOUTHEAST ASIA, BUT NEITHER OF THESE

FINE YOUNG FLYERS WERE INCLUDED AMONG THEM

AND THE VIETNAMESE DENIED ANY

KNOWLEDGE OF THE TWO AVIATORS



YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


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In 1988 the remains of COLONEL WRIGHT were
returned to US control to be given to his
family for burial.

In 1989 the remains of COLONEL PAGE were
returned to US control to be given to his
family for burial.


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POSTED ON 2.12.2001
POSTED BY: Sharon Hyatt

I didn't know you, but I'll never forget you ...

When I was in junior high school, a family friend gave me a POW/MIA bracelet to wear. The name on my bracelet was Lt. Col. Jerdy Wright, Jr., listing him as an MIA. Over the years, I've been to the Wall a few times and sought out his name, touching it to deepen the connection between us.

30 years after I first wore the bracelet, I've not forgotten Colonel Wright's name. Neither have I forgotten the sacrifice he made for his country or an oppressed nation half a world away from his home. I've thought often about Colonel Wright's family and friends and the loss they must still feel due to his absence. I share their pain and frustration of not knowing for certain what happened to him.

I was just a child when his plane went down, playing, innocently unaware of what he went through. Even though I never knew Colonel Wright except for having his name on my arm, I still feel a sense of loss knowing he didn't come back.

My heart breaks at the thought and sight of the Wall. So many names, so many losses, such heartache for so many. I offer my tears and broken heart as further tribute to Colonel Wright's dedication to duty and sacrifice. I offer them also to the many thousands of others who didn't come back home, and the families and friends who loved them. I'll always be grateful and appreciative for the sacrifices these men and women made for an ungrateful nation.

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