Donald Fredrick LindlandCommander
VA-75, USS SARATOGA
United States Navy
22 August 1936 - 02 August 1978
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The database page for Donald Fredrick Lindland
"I can tell you the toughest phone call I ever made
was to Bobbie the day I got back from Nam.
I had to tell her what I suspected:
I have your MIA bracelet, it broke in half. I have kept it all this time and want to return it to the Wall. I wondered what you looked like and what happened to you. I am grateful that this The Virtual Wall exists.
You and your family are in my prayers. I am glad that they brought you home.
Notes from The Virtual Wall
On September 6, 1972, then-LCDR Donald F. Lindland, pilot, and LT Roger G. Lerseth, bombardier/navigator, launched from USS SARATOGA on a combat mission near Haiphong, North Vietnam. During the mission their A-6A INTRUDER (BuNo 155626) was shot down and both crewmembers ejected.
Lerseth was captured by the Vietnamese and taken to Hanoi. Lindland was seen running on the ground with Lerseth after ejection, and is known to have evaded capture for 24 hours. Although Hanoi radio reported that both had been captured, Lerseth was told by the Vietnamese that Lindland was dead.
In February 1973 Lerseth was released with the other American POWs held in Vietnam. On June 3, 1983, the Vietnamese returned the remains of Donald F. Lindland to U.S. control.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009