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Col Eberly representing Gulf War POWs at dedication of National POW Museum at Andersonville      Return to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, Mar. 15,1991
Faith Beyond Belief
Welcome Home!  Faith Beyond Belief Speaking at POW/MIA rememberance
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Street:  205 ROGER WEBSTER City & State: WILLIAMSBURG, VA E-Mail:
Zip: 23185 Phone:  Spouse: BARBARA
Conflict: Gulf War Service Branch: Air Force Unit: 4th Fighter Wing (provisional)
Theater: Other Where Captured: 10 miles WSW Al Quim, Iraq Date Captured: 01/22/91
Camps Held In: BAGHDAD (AL RASID, IRAQI INTEL HQ, ABU GHARA) 1/22/91 TO 3/5/91 How Long Interned: 43 days
Liberated / repatriated: Date Liberated: 03/05/91 Age at Capture: 43
Military Job: Pilot Company:
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Colonel (ret) David William Eberly was the senior-ranking allied prisoner of war in Baghdad* during the Gulf War in 1991. An airman, he participated in the initial air strike into Iraq. On January 19, the fourth night of the campaign, he was shot down while flying an F-15E Strike Eagle and, after evading three nights, was eventually captured on the Syrian border. He was subsequently repatriated with the other allies from five countries on March 5, 1991.

He is a native of Brazil, Indiana, and entered the Air Force upon graduation from Indiana University in 1969. After earning his pilot wings at Columbus AFB MS, he and Barbara served in 18 locations around the world. His last position was as the US Defense Representative in the American Embassy, Ottawa, Canada.

As an airman, he flew over 3400 hours with tours in fighter squadrons in the Philippines, Germany, and the United States. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served as the Director of Operations for the 4th Fighter Wing (Provisional), flying the F-15E in Oman and from Saudi Arabia. His combat awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.
In April 1998, Colonel and Mrs. Eberly represented the Gulf War POWs at the opening of the National POW Memorial in Andersonville. His book: Faith Beyond Belief is available via

(*the Gulf War POWs formed the Fifth Allied POW Squadron following the heritage of the Fourth POW Wing of the Vietnam War)




by David Eberly
205 Roger Webster
Williamsburg, VA  23185

Our Commander-in-Chief recently issued a call-to-arms for all veterans.  No, not to take up our weapons of trade, but to serve in a more visible way on our homeland as visitors and mentors in our nation’s schools during Veterans Day observations. 

As terror evokes uncertainty among our youth, no time is more appropriate for veterans of all eras to serve this great country as role models.  I encourage you to take a leadership role and demonstrate by personal example the morale courage that we all took into battle and the inner strength we mustered to survive the enemy’s physical and psychological torture. 

Today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders must understand the price of freedom and the tenets of life, liberty, and happiness.  Whether they serve on future battlefields or contribute to our homeland defense they must understand unequivocally the principles that have made our country strong.  To that end I believe:

            Our nation is only as great as the character and convictions of her people;

            Our freedom is only as certain as our moral and military strength to preserve it,

            And, our faith only as enduring as our trust in God. 

Whether as chapters or individuals, I encourage you to answer President Bush’s call-to-arms.  Contact your local schools and civic organizations and volunteer as an AXPOW to set a strong, patriot example at any event to lead their group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

 Author.  David Eberly, Col (Ret) USAF is a life member of  AXPOW.  His recently released book: Faith Beyond Belief witnesses to his experience as the senior allied POW in Baghdad.  Selected chapters were published in the Bulletin in 1999.  He represented the Gulf War POWs at the opening of the National Museum in Andersonville and continues to relate his powerful message of patriotism and faith to a variety of audiences.  Colonel Eberly’s book is available directly at




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