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January 29, 1973

Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 5

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Iowa POW Families Elated ESTHEHVILLE DAILY NEWS, MON., JAN. 29, 1973 Page 5 DES MOINES, "Oh thank God, were the first Thomas Hefel Sr. cried when she received word her son was coming home. Mrs. Hefel was among the Iowa parents, wives and relatives of servicemen who were listed by the Pentagon as prisoners of war in Vietnam. Army Sgt. Daniel H. Hefel, 22, who had been missing since Feb. 5, 1970, wrote only one letter that was received by his parents, and that was on Oct. 2, 1972. Iowa List The other prisoners include: Navy Lt. Cmdr Gary Anderson, 30, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Anderson, Cedar Rapids; Marine Lt. Col. Edison W. Miller, 43, foster son of Mrs. Donald Kolarik, Clinton; Air Force Lt. Col. Dwight E. Sullivan, 42, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Sullivan, Des Moines; Army Maj. Theodore Gostas, 36, brother of George Gostas, Le- Mars, and Air Force Maj. Harold E. Johnson, 36, son of Mi-, and Mrs. Verlin Johnson of Eldon and husband of Linda Johnson, formerly of Blakesburg, now of Lenexa, Kan.; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kay Russell, 38, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kilpatrick, Oskaloosa; Air Force Maj. Charles Boyd, 39, son of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Boyd, Rockwell City; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Naughton, 34, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Naughton of Cedar Rapids and husband of Mrs. Peggy Naughton of Sheldon; Air Force Capt. Harold Monlux, 35, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Monlux, Sioux City; and civilian Michael Kjome, 38, employed by Pacific Architects and Engineers, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kjome, Decorah. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Larry Spencer, 32, son of Mrs. Howard Spencer, Earlham; Air Force Lt. Col. James Hughes, 45, son of H. Ray Hughes, Waterloo and his former wife of Santa Fe, N.M. and husband of Mrs. Darthy Hughes, Santa Fe, and Air Force Lt. Duane Paul Vavroch, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vavroch, Tama, and husband of Mrs. Mary Vavroch, Jewell. Await Word Iowa (AP) — Kolarik. thank God," Mrs. Kolarik said she rewords Mrs. ceived a call Saturday night from of Guttenberg a military official in Moline, ni. She said it came as no surprise and that she expected it since she knew her foster son was a prisoner. She said she was "happy" that he is to be released and plans to fly to California soon. Miller's wife, Lindsay, lives with their five sons at Santa Ana, Calif. "The last time I saw my son was in 1966," said H. L. (Chip) Anderson, father of Lt. Cmdr. Gary Anderson. Anderson, who was shot down ay 19, 1967, last saw his father in London, England, when he returned to America for eventual reassignment for duty in Southeast Asia, "Fm overwhelmed by it all," Anderson said, "but the big celebration for me will be the day he actually gets back here. That's, the day Pm going to rejoice." Big Birthday- hittie Todd Johnson celebrated an extra special birthday Sunday. The eight-year-old was told his father, Maj. Harold Johnson, would be coming home. Johnson was shot down April 30, 1967, but his parents, have known since Aug. 8, 1969, that he was a prisoner of war. "We haven't been too triumphant about it (His being offi- Mrs. Hefel said the family received notice from Army officials at 1:20 a.m. Sunday. She said they will just wait patiently "until we hear the good news that he's released." She said if he is willing, the family will have a big celebration when he returns. Everett Sullivan, whose son Dwight was captured Oct. 17, 1967, said he was beginning to think the war would never end. "We're just elated, that's all. We're really happy," said the elder Sullivan. Lt. Col. Sullivan's wife, Kay, lives in Las Vegas, Nev., with their five children whose ages range from 9 to 15 years. Mrs. Peggy Naughton said the release of the list "makes me very, very happy." She and their three children lives in Sheldon. Naughton was shot down May 18, 1967, and was identified as a prisoner of war in December, 1970. Mrs. Naughton said a Navy spokesman telephoned her about 6:30 p.m. Saturday "to tell me that Bob's name was on the list. Beyond that, I don't know anything else." Lt. Col. Miller was shot down Oct. 13, 1967. His wife lives in Santa Ana, Calif., with their five sons who range in age from 6 to 18 years. to carry that optimism that keeps you going and moving," he said. Maj. Gostas' is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gostas of Cheyenne, Wyo. His wife Johanna and their three children, live in Sheridan, Wyo. Gostas has never seen his youngest son, Jason, 5. Just Lucky "I guess we were lucky this time," said Mrs. George Kjome. Her son, Michael, was an instructor in a training office and the group he worked with maintained U.S. bases in South Vietnam. "We could hardly believe it. You can imagine after five years its been hard to keep hoping that we would get this kind of news," said Mrs. Kjome. They were notified by the State Department Saturday that their son's name was on the POW list. She said they had known that . he was seen in the prison camp in 1969. She said an escaped POW told them he had been with Kjome for more than a year "We really can't say how happy we've been about it. It's almost unbelievable that he's actually still alive," she said. 1967 POW H. Ray Hughes said "you would have had to see" his reaction — he couldn't speak cially listed as a POW) and we when he received the word Sat- won't be until he gets into urday night. American hands and he isn't in "I was thunderstruck. I was American hands yet," said just so surprised. I don't know. Mrs. Verlin Johnson, mother of You have such an odd feeling," the serviceman. he said. A casualty officer called the His son, James, was shot Johnson's about 11 p.m. Satur- down May 8, 1967 and was list- day. "He said Harold will be ed as a POW a few days later among the first to. be released, by the Air Force, but I don't know what he meant "It's hard to express thoughts by that," said Mrs. Johnson. and feelings after all these The major's mother said they years and never heard a word had received two notes from from him in writing, then get a him since he has been a prison- phone call that he is listed," er — one was received just a said the serviceman's father. Hughes said he was so joyful he felt like jumping up and down on the floor. "It's a feeling hard to describe. No one knows unless you go through it." " J "" He said the family had received two or three radiograms from James, but "each message we have received wasn't of his composition at all and led you to believe it was dictated. However, that's something we don't know." Air Force Capt. Harold Monlux was shot down Nov. 11, 1966 and listed as a POW on Aug. 15, 1969. "Of course we're thrilled that the war is wound down and that he is apparently soon going to be home," said D. H. Monlux of Sioux City, the serviceman's father. Saturday Call Monlux said Air Force officials "called us Saturday night and said his namo was on the list brought back from the Paris peace talks by Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird. The only information we got is that his name is on the list." Lt. Duane Vavroch, a B52 navigator, was listed as captured by Hanoi officials Dec. 28, 1972. Maj. Charles Boyd was shot down in April 1966. He was confirmed as a POW in 1969. . > few days ago. "We never gave up hope. We saw him in the Christmas films of 1969 and 1970," she said. Johnson's wife, Linda and 'their three children — Jill, 11, Eric,"'9, and Todd, 8 - live in- Le'nexa, Kan. Linda was formerly of Blakesburg. The current Miss America can now take off the POW bracelet she has been wearing. It bore the name of Maj. Theodore Gostas, who has been included on the POW list. Drunk with Joy , "It was an indescribable joy. I was drunk with joy. It was almost too much to hope for," said George Gostas of LeMars, a brother of the prisoner of war. Gostas said his brother was captured during the Tet offensive Feb. 1, 1968 and the "fighting was so severe there and all, I really wondered what his chances would be." He was first listed as missing in action and about eight days later two POW escapees from one of the camps said they had memorized the names of all other prisoners, including that of Gostas, his brother said. "Its an incredible array of emotion you have, and you fluctuate," George Gostas said. "Sometimes you feel more optimistic and other times you feel pessimistic but one always has WORLD ALMANAC FACTS The geodetic datum point of the United States is the National Ocean Survey's triangulation station Meades Ranch in Osborne County, Kansas, at latitude 39 degrees 13' 26". 686 N and longitude 98 degrees 32' 30". 506 W. This geodetic datum point is a fundamental point from which all latitude and longitude computations originate for North America and Central America, The World Almanac notes. Copyright © 1973 Newspaper EnterprlBe AHHII. Six Years Mrs. Kolarik's husband, Donald, said, "I'm sorry lie had to spend six years in jail, but at times I think it's better, because he might have been killed in action if he hadn't been a prisoner. He wins one way and loses another," said Henry Block has 17 reasons why you should come to us for income tax help* Reason 3. We are a year-round service. We do not disappear or go back to some other business after April 15. CUTS IN U.S. ARMED FORCES ABROAD 300,000 200,000- ARMY AND AIR FORCES IN 1972 ARMY ANDi 1 AIR FORCES IN 19731 1 100,000 NAVY IN 1972 NAVY IN 1973 SCATTERED FORCES LATIN AMERICA SOUTH VIETNAM AND THAILAND PACIFIC AND FAR EAST REDUCED U.S. MILITARY POSTURE overseas is reflected by bars superimposed against map of the world. Total number of U.S. servicemen stationed overseas at beginning of 1973 was slightly over 600,000 - down more than 151,000, or 20 per cent, from 1972 and about 50 per cent from peak year of 1968. Greatest reduction was in South Vietnam, where U.S ground forces now number 25,000 compared to 171,000 a year ago. However, personnel In Thailand and In Navy off the coast of Vietnam have increased by 41,000. The U.S. Army decreases elsewhere include: Europe, down 2,000; Pacific area, down 40,000; scattered areas (Canada, Greenland, etc.), down 2,000. There was no change in Latin America. REXALL I THE INCOME TAX PEOPLE 1126 CENTRAL AVE. )p.n 9am-9pm W «kdoy», »am-5pm S «»Mrd«yj -Mi.3*2 33511 P OPEN TONIGHT • »^»T«iWT NECiSSAf" • what keeps our customers coming? SELECTION ! QUALITY! VALUE! 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