Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK April 1995 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
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JAMES LESLEY LAMAR
Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: May 6, 1966
Released: February 12, 1973
Born 18 September 1927 in Eudora, Arkansas. Graduated from high school in 1944 at DeWitt, Arkansas. Graduated from college in 1963 under the "bootstrap" program with a B. S. degree from Oklahoma University.
US Naval Reserve from 1945 to 1948 (active duty, EM, 1 July 1945 to 24 August 1946). US Air Force from October 1948 to present. Was an Aviation Cadet from October 1948 to September 1949 and received my commission 30 September 1949. Fighter pilot in Japan and Korea from November 1949 to March 1951. Flew 100 combat missions in Korea in F-51 and F-80 aircraft. Was fighter gunnery instructor at Luke AFB, Arizona from July 1951 to August 1955 in F-51, F-84E, F-84G and F-84F aircraft. Then to Kadena AB, Okinawa as a fighter pilot from September 1955 to March 1958 in the F-86 and F-100 aircraft. Instructor of pilot training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma from May 1958 to April 1963 in T-33 and T-37 aircraft. From May 1963 to November 1965, was a fighter pilot at George AFB and McConnell AFB in the F-105 aircraft. Back to SEA to Korat AB, Thailand as a fighter pilot in the F-105 from November 1965 to May 1966. POW in North Vietnam from 6 May 1966 to 12 February 1973.
I have four children (girl, girl, boy, girl). My future plans are to attend Senior service school (Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National War College, or USAF War College), concurrently obtain an MS in Political Science, and then attend the POW Pilot Recurrency Program at Randolph AFB. I plan to remain in the USAF until retirement after 30 years, on September 30, 1979.
I was shot down on 6 May 1966, while piloting an F-105D aircraft on my 84th combat mission over North Vietnam, dive-bombing a military target near the town of Yen Bai, NVN. North Vietnamese peasants captured me but did not mistreat me. However, during the six years nine months and six days of my captivity, I was tortured on four separate occasions, beaten, harassed and humiliated on many other occasions. I was also constantly bombarded with propaganda designed to undermine my faith in God, my country and my family. During these years I turned to God for help and my prayers were answered many times. With this help from above and with the help of fellow prisoners I was able not only to maintain but to strengthen this faith. In particular, I was inspired by the examples set by Colonel John Peter Flynn, Colonel Robinson Risner and Navy Captains James B. Stockdale, Jeremiah A. Denton and F.A. Franke, Jr.
December 1996 James Lamar retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Judy reside in Texas.
As long as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we must do everything possible to bring him home alive.
POW/MIA Data & Bios supplied by the P.O.W. NETWORK Skidmore, MO. USA