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In his memory

Capt. Cole Black

Cole Black started his Navy career as an elisted electronics technician and later became a pilot. He served four years in VFP-62 in the late fifties.

The following links provide information on Capt. Black's life, POW for 7 years, and his death (November 9, 2007):

Updated Nov. 13, 2020

Cole and others who were fishing in Alaska in September 2007.
Cole is kneeling down in front.

"I was a prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese 2,428 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes (nearly 7 years) . I calculated it on a Hewlett-Packard calculator one day. "

    Memories and Tributes

  • John McKenna provides: Cole was a pilot on our VFP-62 Det 33-60 60-61 Med cruise, USS Intrepid with Crusaders.

  • (6/2/16) I remember wearing a POW bracelet with Cole Black's name on it when I was in high school. I am now 60 years old and I still remembered his name. Was happy to find more info about him on the internet.

    Brenda Anders

  • (11/13/20) I wore a POW Cole Black bracelet; it broke in half 1973. How ironic, I did not know he was released then. I ceremoniously and properly buried it in my parents backyard.

    The Vietnam War interests me. My father went to Vietnam 6-6-66 on the John C Pope with the 173rd from Ft. Campbell. He was also a Military advisor in Tho 1967. He was MIA for 6 months somewhere in that time, that is when my mom had to move off post and I had to attend civilian school in Ringo County.

    Christy Ann Veasey Phelps.

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