Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Air Force 1
Lieutenant Colonel 2
08 Jul 1936 2
21 Aug 1975 2

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Full Name:
John Wayne Held 2
08 Jul 1936 2
Male 2
21 Aug 1975 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 39 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Date: 17 Apr 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN 2
Marital Status: Married 2

Vietnam War 1

Air Force 1
Lieutenant Colonel 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
O5 2
Air Force 2
Pilot, Tactical Fighter OTHER (includes T-28m T-33, T-37, T-38) (USAF) 2
604TH ACS, 3RD TFW, 7TH AF 2
Baptist - Other Groups 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 29 2
Panel: 50E 2

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I have Major John Held's POW / MIA Braclet, acquired at Altus Air Force Base, Altus, Oklahoma Circa 1972

High School Best Friend

John Wayne Held (Jack) was my best friend in High School. After he graduated from Annapolis and I from the U off Fla we lost track of each other, during the 60's. Tried several times to make contact, but was unsucessful until I found his name on the Wall in DC. It gave the home town of Indy, and after numrerous searches fround a nephew in Indy who steared me to a closer relative in Florida. Was able to contact his daughter living in Texas, and had numerous emails regarding Jack and his High School days. As I recall she was about 4 when she last saw him.

Let us not forget those who were lost defending our country!

David Taylor

Maybe his daughter would like this bracelet? Contact me if you want to check this out. David Taylor

I also have one of Major John Held's POW/MIA bracelets. I received it while a high school student in a very small eastern Illinois town. I have been watching the series, Vietnam in HD, the last couple of days and it got me thinking of the bracelet I have kept all these years. I had always wondered if he ever made it home and never knew the answer until today. I am so sad and feel very sorry for his family. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. I will be wearing his bracelet in his honor. If the family would like to have it, please contact me at

hope you get this message. my name is ron stephenson, i attended coral gables high school, miami florida in the 1950's. jack was a good friend of mine. have tried to be in touch with someone that knew him. have no information re his family or how i could relate with someone that knew Jack. he used the name Jack at Coral Gables. i would ask you to please contact me at i would like to chat with you. please email me. Ron Stephenson

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