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John Heaphy Fellowes

Date of birth: November 22, 1932
Date of death: May 3, 2010
Burial location: Annapolis, MD
Place of Birth: New York, Buffalo
Home of record: Los Angeles California
Status: POW

John Fellowes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1956. He was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on August 27, 1966, and was held until his release on March 4, 1973.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander John Heaphy Fellowes (NSN: 0-4271229), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam on 27 August 1966. Commander Fellowes' captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, Commander Fellowes reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: 27-Aug-66

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Commander John Heaphy Fellowes (NSN: 0-4271229), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from August 1966 to March 1973. Under the most adverse of conditions, he resisted all attempts by the North Vietnamese to use him in causes detrimental to the United States, never wavering in his devotion and loyalty to the United States. In an outstanding and tireless fashion he served as Chaplain wherein he provided spiritual guidance and conducted religious services for the benefit of the other prisoners. In addition, he assumed supervisory duties which resulted in the maintenance of good order and discipline among the prisoners during periods of frustration and constant harassment. His extraordinary skill, resourcefulness, and dedication to duty throughout this lengthy confinement reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces. (Commander Fellowes is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: August 1966 - March 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain John Heaphy Fellowes (NSN: 0-4271229), United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] John Heaphy Fellowes (NSN: 0-4271229), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 1 July 1966, as pilot of a jet aircraft, serving with Attack Squadron SIXTY-FIVE (VA-65), embarked in U.S.S. CONSTELLATION (CVA-65), during aerial combat operations in Southeast Asia. Commander Fellowes was diverted from his planned mission to intercept and destroy three high-speed, North Vietnamese torpedo boats which were threatening the northern group of United States destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf. Although advised by other CONSTELLATION pilots that intense and extremely accurate defensive fire from the enemy boats had already substantially damaged one attacking aircraft, Commander Fellowes courageously made repeated bombing attacks against the swift and elusive targets. With all three boats concentrating their fire on his aircraft, he scored a direct hit on one of the boats, sinking it immediately, and later achieved a near-miss on a second boat which was sunk shortly thereafter by another CONSTELLATION aircraft. Commander Fellowes' exceptional courage, alertness, skill, and resourcefulness were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 1, 1966

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Attack Squadron 65 (VA-65)

Division: U.S.S. Constellation (CVA-64)

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

Commander John Heaphy Fellowes (NSN: 0-4271229), United States Navy, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from August 27, 1966 until his release on March 4, 1973.

Action Date: August 27, 1966 - March 4, 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)