Crashed and captured!


George M. Neal wrote this September 13, 1954, letter to relatives of Navy officer Lieutenant John K. Koelsch. Neal, a crewmember of Koelsch, describes events beginning on July 3, 1951,.when he and Koelsch were on a mission to rescue a downed pilot. The North Koreans captured all three men and imprisoned them. Koelsch died while in enemy hands.

National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel