Hero Found Gallery Learn more about Hero Found USS RANGER (CVA-61) during WestPac cruise, 1966. A-1 Skyraider crossing over the ramp of flight deck for arrested landing. Wreckage of Dieter Dengler's Spad spotted in Laos, February 2, 1966. After five months as a POW in Laos and subsequent escape, Dieter on the day of his rescue, July 20, 1966. He weighed 98 pounds. Dieter with his squadron mates from VA-145 in admiral's stateroom aboard RANGER, July 22, 1966. Dieter with his physician, Capt. Alden Holmes, during his two-month stay at San Diego Naval Hospital. Dieter, right, meeting the Spad pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Deatrick, who saw him waving at the river in southern Laos and called in a rescue helicopter. Newly promoted Lieutenant Dieter Dengler with chestful of medals.