Name :   LCDR Brett Stafford
Email :   staffordbc@hsl48.navy.mil
URL :   
Comment :   Capt Stratton, It has been a true pleasure listening to you address squadrons that I have been a part of over the years. One of my shipmates, now a Flight Instructor in Corpus Christi is looking to speak to you about a Leadership Day invitation. Please
Name :   Rick Robertson
Email :   rick79robertson@yahoo.com
URL :   
Comment :   Greetings Beak!: I just found your memoir site and its great! You make me peacock proud to be a veteran. Army1984-1988 Hope one day to have the honor of shaking your hand. GBU........Rick
Name :   Cynthia Simpson (Cindy)
Email :   csimp1123@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Hi Dick & Alice: Its been a while since I visited your site, and, after seeing you recently, knew I needed to visit again. A lot of good new material has been added, and, as always, I feel blessed to have this window on your extraordinary lives.
Name :   Carol Bergfeld
Email :   carol@prudentialatlantic.com
URL :   
Comment :   Thank you, Dick, for all that you did and for sharing this part of you with us. This is a beautiful tribute to true American Heroes! These stories are as meaningful today as in this past war. What a wonderful tribute, and what a wonderful thing for a son
Name :   Alma Hinton Clark
Email :   dirtydusty1@msn.com
URL :   
Comment :   In reading the life of this most heroic man, I cried at each line to think that a human being could still survive that kind of human torture. We truly need to have our children read and know that they are here today because of men like Richard Stratton
Name :   Tom Cutler
Email :   tcutler@usni.org
URL :   
Comment :   The story of Doug Hegdahl is incredible. Says much about both men (The Incredibly Stupid One and The Beak). Also says much about America and why we will prevail no matter what the challenges ahead.
Name :   Kathleen OMeara
Email :   omeara811@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Well, you just never know where we are going to show up do you! Kind of scary isnt it....I guess everyone is used to getting bizzare things when they open the computer but this!! Hope that you are Mrs. Stratton are well, I know that she is here in Ann Arb
Name :   Troy Curnutte
Email :   Cloudiver@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   To be able to write in words the pride and honor I feel about ech of you is impossible. I can only saw God Bless you and that I will never forget.
Name :   Laurie Ryan
Email :   laurie.ryan@cubic.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dear Capt.Stratton,Went over on characters last sign-in.Wanted to know if you would like to have the POW bracelet I wore with your name on it?
Name :   Laurie Ryan
Email :   laurie.ryan@cubic.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dear Capt. Stratton, I have periodically wanted to locate you. I wore a POW/MIA bracelet from 68 to 73 with your name on it. I only took it off when your name appeared in our Sunday paper in the section reserved solely for released/returning POW/MIAs and
Name :   Dan Castro
Email :   dutch_59701@yahoo.com
URL :   
Comment :   Sir, You were a true hero in Hanoi with your brothers even Lance Sijan and others who never returned. Lets honor PFC Matthew Maupin and Michael Scott Speicher as well as Charles Shelton, David Hrdlicka, Morgan Donahue and others. God Bless you Sir. (Bush
Name :   Linda (Vautrain) Barcelo
Email :   olecrab@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Such horrendous stories told with a touch of humor. I always felt that once a person loses his/her sense of humor, its all over. You go, guy!
Name :   Dale Rembold
Email :   dalex.d.rembold@intel.com
URL :   
Comment :   Hello Sir Stratton: I am working with your son Michael here at Intel. Your stories are better than mine, thanks. -Dale-
Name :   Jill F. DZamko-White
Email :   jfwhitefl@earthlink.net
URL :   
Comment :   Dear Sir Richard and Lady Alice, It has been so very long since I have seen or spoken to you both. I have missed you tremendously. I stumbled upon this site today and am more than proud, I am grateful, indebted and in sheer admiration for the two of you.
Name :   Marcia Crysler
Email :   rmkcrysler@cs.com
URL :   
Comment :   Loved reading your new articles - had read the book about you written in the 70s. Wonderful to have more information. Thanks!
Name :   Roxanne Schilling
Email :   schillingslist_72@hotmail.com
URL :   
Comment :   Your story & that of every person serving in Vietnam has always deeply affected me. You make me proud to be an American. God bless you & all of our Vietnam Vets.
Name :   Robin D. Denison
Email :   robindenison@sbcglobal.net
URL :   
Comment :   Capt. Stratton, I dont expect you to remember me, but Ive heard all these stories before as you gave the code of conduct lecture to the ocs classes. I was in charge of gym 1801 for 3 or 4 months in 1986. Its a priviledge and a honor to have met you and he
Name :   Willie L. Hunter
Email :   wlhunt68@mchsi.com
URL :   
Comment :   Thanks
Name :   Jim Tobin
Email :   panrhea1@netcape.net
URL :   
Comment :   I salute you. My days with the 25ID in 1967-68 were a cake walk compared to yours. GBU now and forever.
Name :   Chris West
Email :   floatin @netzero.net
URL :   
Comment :   Hello Sir, First I want to say thank you for allowing me to live in freedom by your service to out great nation. Secondly, I want to apologise as I was one of many who by my actions was screwing the moral of great men and heros like yourself by my juvi
Name :   Bonnie
Email :   bonnie7255@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   I have a POW bracelet with your name on it. I am so glad you made it home. My brother, Robert Wright was killed in the Ia Drang Valley, November 17, 1965.
Name :   james
Email :   6_8highjumper@pvilleca.com
URL :   
Comment :   i enjoyed reading the tales. ive been doing a resarch papper on how inhumanly the pows were treated and i found some information that was very useful. i feel honored to live in a country with men as outstanding as you and the rest of our pows. after rease
Name :   L.W. Monroe
Email :   Lmonroe41@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Glad you made it back.
Name :   Danny Saunders
Email :   danraldo@earthlink.net
URL :   
Comment :   Capt. Thank you for telling your stories, so that those of us who did not go through it could better understand it. To you and all who have served before us thank you. Danny Saunders Former RM1(SW), USN.
Name :   Linda Auer
Email :   lauer2@alltel.net
URL :   
Comment :   Capt. Dick Stratton, what a pleasure it was to meet you this morning along with Admiral Fuller, Capt.Mike McGrath and Cdr Paul Galanti. Best to all of you.
Name :   Donna Jacques
Email :   djacq@cshore.com
URL :   
Comment :   What a great site! I think of you both so often and remembering our work at So Shore with VN Vets. It looks like we will be starting again with Iraq Vets. I still have the training materials we used. My son just returned from Iraq and my step daughter f
Name :   Sara Armstrong King
Email :   kingcsa@yahoo.com
URL :   
Comment :   Hi Dick & Alice, Fred & I are at the Library visiting your site. Wonderful! We so enjoyed our Ritz lunch and your friends, Ann & Ed. Our stay here has been terrific! Heading North on Tuesday. God Bless you & your family. Sara
Name :   Ken Buzz Riley
Email :   BuzMoCAC10@Aol.Com
URL :   
Comment :   Captain Stratton, I have returned to Rhode Island after 12 years in the mid-west,(Iowa). I have been trying to contact you for at least 21/2years but this is the 1st postive LZ. How are you and Alice! I have told so many about you, but of course they d
Name :   Ernie Mares
Email :   emares@san.rr.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dick, I was stationed at China Lake and in Nov. 1966 was sent out to Yankee Station to brief you guys on using the Shrike Improved Display System installed on your A-4s. You and I had some interesting talks during the period I was aboard Tico and I was v
Name :   Jerry Duke
Email :   jerryydd@conwaycorp.net
URL :   
Comment :   thats really sad we had to send our guys there but im glad you and others like you survived and made it home
Name :   David M. Hess
Email :   dmh3@sympatico.ca
URL :   
Comment :   I clearly recall your welcoming handshake as S.D.O. on the day I transferred into VA-192 on 18 Jan 66 as an ETN. Nor will I forget hearing the Tico skippers fateful announcement on 05 Jan 67 of your not being among those returning while the ship was at GQ
Name :   GM1 Steele
Email :   joshua.steele@navy.mil
URL :   
Comment :   As a SERE instructor I have come to appreciate your ordeal much more than I previously had.
Name :   SSgt Robin Drake, USAF
Email :   
URL :   
Comment :   I thank you sir for the sacrifices you, your fellow servicemembers and all of your families have made for our country. I feel truly priviledged to serve in the United States military and am genuinely proud to be an American. Thank you.
Name :   jonathan t lennon
Email :   jonbear22@netzero.com
URL :   
Comment :   Enjoyed your accounts to put captivity into true perspective and the fact you kept humor in you. Thank you for your insight and I only wish I could someday meet you and your wife to have good conversation. Thank you for your courage and leadership!
Name :   Sandra Jensen
Email :   SJensenA@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Capt. Stratton: Thank you for your courage and committment to our country. God Bless you and all POWs. A friend, Chuck Tyler USAF, I think was in Hanoi. I know he made it home to Arizona. Dont know of his present status. Im a former HM2 USN. You guys real
Name :   Gary
Email :   gator_lee@hotmail.com
URL :   http://www.simplesurvival.net
Comment :   I am a retired USAF E-8 and I have written a survival guide. I was a Life Support Instructor. Would you consider viewing and endorsing it for me? Welcome home.
Name :   John Stratton USMC
Email :   strattonjf@msn.com
URL :   
Comment :   Nice site. RVN 1968-1970. G2/5. An Hoa. Glad your home.
Name :   Bill Smith
Email :   willy9@earthlink.net
URL :   
Comment :   We are so very proud of you and your fellow prisoners. Jane and I were so proud to wear your bracelet for so many years, praying for your safe return. Thank you for sharing your ordeal with us. GBA.
Name :   Bill and Carol Brink
Email :   wbrink@att.net
URL :   
Comment :   Hi Dick, Its Memorial Day 2003. We remember. God Bless. C & B
Name :   michael blevins
Email :   hitte4@hotmail.com
URL :   
Comment :   mr.stratton this is my first visit to the site,but i have seen you on t.v.a couple of times and would like you to know that i am proud that we have people like you in america.i can barely remember when you guys came home because i was so young,i do remem
Name :   April Holthaus
Email :   apraple@centurytel.net
URL :   
Comment :   Good to know there are those who dont forget what freedom costs. It was an honor to be in the VIP lounge at Hickman greeting Paul Galanti and some of you when the planes landed. God Bless.
Name :   April Holthaus
Email :   apraple@centurytel.net
URL :   
Comment :   Good to know there are those who dont forget what freedom costs. It was an honor to be in the VIP lounge at Hickman greeting Paul Galanti and some of you when the planes landed. God Bless.
Name :   Jack Quinn
Email :   jackay52@fcol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dick, God bless you as you approach Mar 4th and your 30th year as a former POW. Best to you and Alice from all the Quinns.
Name :   Mofak
Email :   Mofak@earthlink.net
URL :   http://mofak.com
Comment :   Great Website! Terrific stories! How you managed so much humor into such tragedies is remarkable and says much about your Gung Ho/Will Do personality. I sure enjoyed reading the stories. Thanks for being there for America and sacrificing a large portion o
Name :   Bob Smith
Email :   5932@msn.com
URL :   
Comment :   I salute you and all the other POWs. But I particularly honor all those who did not return.
Name :   Dave Brog
Email :   davebrog@erols.com
URL :   
Comment :   It was my honor to meet you at Whidbey Island.
Name :   Lori Chase
Email :   litlla8@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Hey Dick, Very nice site! Good job and Happy Anniversary, as it is a very good month, isnt it? Take care Lori
Name :   Barbara Dewey
Email :   bdewey@surfglobal.net
URL :   
Comment :   From sometime in the late 60s or so until March, 1973, I wore a POW bracelet with your name on it, and I have also put it back on for some of the anniversaries of your capture. Thank you for all you have done to make the world a better place. You will alw
Name :   Kerry Allen
Email :   allenmacdonald@netscape.net
URL :   
Comment :   Was amazed by your book, but would like to see more short articles attached to this site (loved the Army-Navy game)! With respect and admiration,
Name :   Bob Guinee
Email :   bobfather99@netzero.net
URL :   
Comment :   As the son of a Vietnam Vet(Army 121st AHC), I thank you for your brave service to my country. I salute you!!!
Name :   Andy Mazak
Email :   andy.mazak@eastwayford.com
URL :   
Comment :   I am Eugene and Marie Lobbans grandson. I live in London Ontario Canada. I was visiting with my grandparents and I remembered you from a past visit. I think that you are a Brave and Honorable man and I just wanted to thank you for protecting the world whi
Name :   Wm.R.(DICK)Simmons
Email :   basscat2994@webtv.net
URL :   
Comment :   Thanks your plane captain Dick Simmons.
Name :   Wm.R.(DICK)Simmons
Email :   basscat2994@webtv.net
URL :   
Comment :   Thanks your plane captain Dick Simmons.
Name :   Don Joyce, OMI
Email :   djoyce@ost.edu
URL :   
Comment :   Thanks for the info. Certainly enjoyed it. Keep in touch. Don.
Name :   Helmut Reda
Email :   helmutreda@yahoo.com
URL :   www.geocities.com/becauseifly
Comment :   Thanks for proudly serving your country. We are grateful and indebted!
Name :   Gary Sobotka
Email :   gsobotka@dtgnet.com
URL :   
Comment :   I met you at the Omaha airport the day I was shipping out to basic training (Army) in January 1978. You couldn't have been nicer and I've always looked up to you Richard. Wishing you and family 3 John 2.
Name :   Jack Quinn, BG, US Army, ret
Email :   jackay52@fcol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dick, thank you for including the web site at the bottom of your letter to St Vincent de Paul Society. I look forward to getting thru the entire site. As a three tour Airborne-Ranger type over there between 1962-1970, I have great love, respect and admira
Name :   Logan Rose
Email :   Jameswrose@prodidy.net
URL :   
Comment :   I'm doing a project for school and my mom mentioned you and i thought it sounded interesting so if you don't mind answering these questions for me: 1. When did you join the navy? 2. What went through your mind when you were flying over Vietnam ? 3. Wha
Name :   Spc. Mason T. Lowery
Email :   mason.lowery@us.army.mil
URL :   
Comment :   Sir, can you tell me how I could obtain a copy of your bowing photo, and any other photos of you from that time period? I'm trying to put them in my paper, The Frontline, Fort Stewart, with the story I wrote about your ordeal. I met you March 1 with Ma
Name :   Linda Clark
Email :   l-j-clark@InsightBB.com
URL :   
Comment :   Hope you are both well. Thanks for all you have done for the rest of us.
Name :   Hal Kushner MD
Email :   halkfl@bigfoot.com
URL :   
Comment :   Great site..thanks for directing me there.
Name :   Ron Riml
Email :   rimkoff@gwi.net
URL :   
Comment :   Continuation - Got a nice note back from Doug Hegdahl - He said "Being a POW was shittie duty..but at least it was shore duty." I howled!!
Name :   Ron Riml
Email :   rimkoff@gwi.net
URL :   
Comment :   Hello.... I really enjoyed your article about Seaman Doug Hegdahl, "The Incredibly Stupid One." I was a shipmate of his on the USS Canberra, but really didn't know him. I ran across an extra copy of the Canberra's cruise book for '67, and sent it out t
Name :   Jeff Buehrle
Email :   jeffbuehrle@hotmail.com
URL :   
Comment :   Hello CAG- It was my sincere pleasure to have worked for you at CNRA FIVE at GLAKES as ADMIN and Youth Programs 1977-1979. I am proud to have served with you and am very happy that Mrs. Stratton and yourself are well and doing what you both thoroughly
Name :   BMC FELIPE GONZALEZ
Email :   LARAZA68@HOTMAIL.COM
URL :   
Comment :   HI THERE CAPTAIN, REMEMBER ME BOAT'S FROM FAMILY SERVICE CENTER KINGS BAY. I'M STILL HERE IN ITALY BUT C.C GAVE ME THIS WEB SITE WHICH IS AWSOME. JUST WANTED TO SAY HI TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE. GOD BLESS "BOATS"
Name :   Naval Aviators
Email :   stratton@bellsouth.net
URL :   
Comment :   The Aviatorís Air Traveler Pledge To the Heroic Crew, Passengers and Surviving Families of United Airlines Flight 93 (09/11/01) We, the aviator air travelers of the United States, in order to guarantee the safety and well being of ourselves, our fam
Name :   Bob (Lash) La Rue
Email :   rainbowinn@msn.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dick I first met you when you were an instructor at Beeville and I was a student. The next time I saw you was when you and Al Stafford were shown on the evening news as POW's. That was quite a shock. Al visited me here in North Idaho this summer on his
Name :   John Cranmer
Email :   jcranmer@lemoorenet.com
URL :   
Comment :   One man with courage is a majority-Andrew Jackson. You sir are a majority.
Name :   Bob Taylor
Email :   exhawkco@earthlink.net
URL :   www.robert-c-taylor.com
Comment :   Beak, Super site, glad I found it and thanks for the new email address. I look forward to seeing you and Alice in Visalia this October. Proud to know you and what you stand for. RC
Name :   John T. (fmf Doc) Weed
Email :   johnweed2@home.com
URL :   
Comment :   Powerful site. It was wonderful meeting both of you in SA recently.
Name :   ROB SORENSEN
Email :   STBAKRHAWK@AOL.COM
URL :   
Comment :   THANKS FOR ALL YOU DID OVER THERE.
Name :   Linda J. Clark
Email :   l-j-clark@home.com
URL :   
Comment :   Just finished looking at the site. Thanks for stearing me to it. Hope you got my email with the pictures. I wanted to point out baby's brother & sister in the one. Will do that on another email soon. Thanks again for all you did and may God Bless you all.
Name :   Cynthia Stanley
Email :   TESCJS@aol.com
URL :   
Comment :   Wow, I'm not sure what else to say. My best friend did two tours in Nam, but none of his stories compare to what I'm reading. God Bless you and Alice, for all you've done for this country.
Name :   Gary Scoffield,Capt, USN (ret.)
Email :   kgscof@goeaston.net
URL :   
Comment :   I laughed and cried as I read the stories in the web page. I hope we can cross paths again soon -- maybe this fall at the reunion in Visalia. GBU, Gary
Name :   Charles David Prescott, 111
Email :   cprescot@nlamerica.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dear Captain Statton, GREAT SITE! Thank you for your reply to my e-mail (concerning a mutual friend)!
Name :   rick reichard
Email :   reichardr3@hotmail.com
URL :   
Comment :   You are a true patriot and this is the "stuff" that true Americans are made of God Bless. RR
Name :   JOHN MAGUIRE
Email :   WICKFORD PRINTING @AOL.COM
URL :   
Comment :   CAP, I HAD A SAILOR(ACTUALLY A COMMANDER) COME INTO BUY SOME BUSINESS CARDS AND I ASKED HIM ABOUT YOU AND ALICE. HE WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO HOOK ME UP WITH THIS SITE. GLAD YOU AND THE MRS ARE DOING WELL. IT WAS AN HONOR FOR THIS JARHEAD TO HAVE CROSSED YOUR P
Name :   Mark William Longale
Email :   khml96@email.msn.com
URL :   
Comment :   Dear Capt.Stratton, Thank you,Sir,for all that you've done for this country. I've had the honor of seeing the P.O.W. special on the Discovery channel and I was very impressed with your story and how you survived with your fellow P.O.W.'s. I just read you
Name :   James McNeill
Email :   JMCN@KIRKIE.FSNET.CO.UK
URL :   
Comment :   Very interesting site. Some excellent links to other good material.
Name :   Karen and Michael Smirh
Email :   msmith47@mediaone.net
URL :   www.kacsmith.com
Comment :   Fair winds and following seas to you and your family...it's a great thing to know you!!
Name :   Tara Harl-Odom
Email :   
URL :   
Comment :   What a fun place to find information!
Name :   Janet Bilodeau
Email :   jab@worldpath.net
URL :   
Comment :   just last week saw the movie return with honor how i found this website. enjoyed reading thank u J.B.
  
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