ENSCH, JOHN CLYDE Name: John Clyde Ensch Rank/Branch: O3/US Navy, pilot Unit: Fighter Squadron 161, USS MIDWAY Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Springfield IL Date of Loss: 25 August 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 204231N 1062731E (XH512875) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B Missions: 285 Other Personnel in Incident: Michael W. Doyle (remains returned) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. REMARKS: 730329 RELSD BY DRV SYNOPSIS: LTCDR Michael W. Doyle was a pilot assigned to Fighter Squadron 161 onboard the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY. On August 25, 1972 he launched with his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), Lt. John C. Ensch, in their F4B Phantom fighter aircraft. Their mission was a MiG Combat Air Patrol over North Vietnam. At approximately 24 miles southwest of Haiphong the aircraft was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM). Doyle and Ensch ejected immediately and were sighted by their wingman on descent. An emergency radio beeper was heard for approximately 10 seconds. Search and rescue efforts were initiated without success, and were terminated two days later. The U.S. received information quickly that John Ensch had been captured. Although Doyle was at first listed Missing in Action, he, too, was ultimately listed as Prisoner of War. John Ensch was released in Operation Homecoming in 1973. William Doyle was not. Ensch had suffered a broken left arm and hand which had been poorly set, leaving him disfigured and disabled. Several returning POWs had information relating to Doyle. Doyle's flight helmet had been seen with a pile of gear at the "Hanoi Hilton" prisoner of war complex in Hanoi. Also, Doyle's name was scratched on a pre-interrogation cell wall in the complex. The Vietnamese denied any knowledge of William Doyle. In July 1985, the Vietnamese "discovered" the remains of William Doyle and returned them to U.S. control. Doyle was missing for 13 years. Nearly 2500 Americans did not return from the war in Vietnam. Thousands of reports have been received indicating that some hundreds remain alive in captivity. As in the case of William Doyle, Vietnam and her communist allies can account for most of them. Current "negotiations" between the U.S. and Vietnam have yielded the remains of nearly 300 Americans -- remains which should have been returned decades ago. In the total view of the issue of the missing, however, the return of remains signals no progress. In the early 1980's the very credible Congressional testimony of a Vietnamese mortician indicated that the Vietnamese are in possession of over 400 sets of remains. In 15 years, they have returned barely half that number. More importantly, the same credible witness, whose testimony regarding remains is believed throughout Congress, stated that he had seen live Americans held at the same location where the remains were stored. The testimony regarding live Americans is not considered credible. As long as even one American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia, the only issue is that one living man. We must bring them home before there are only remains to negotiate for. Michael William Doyle was promoted to the rank of Commander during the period he was prisoner of war.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO JOHN C. ENSCH Lieutenant - United States Navy Shot Down: May 25, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 I entered the Navy through the Aviation Officers Candidate Program and was commissioned an Ensign on 28 May 1965 after completion of pre-flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida. Following basic Naval Officer training at Pensacola, I received advanced training at NAS Glynco, Georgia and there received my "wings of gold." My next assignment was with VF-121 at NAS Miramar, California where I received training in the F-4B weapons systems and tactics. In July 1966 I joined VF-21 and made two deployments to Southeast Asia, one aboard the USS Coral Sea and one aboard the USS Ranger. In June 1968 I received orders as Aide to Commander Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland. There I served as an Aide to Rear Admiral H. L. Miller until September 1970 when I returned to NAS Miramar for F-4 refresher training at VF-121. In January 1971, I joined VF-161 and in April 1971 deployed to Southeast Asia aboard the USS Midway. On 10 April 1972 I made my second deployment to Southeast Asia with VF-161 and USS Midway in response to the increased hostilities by North Vietnam. On 23 May 1972, my pilot, Lt. Cdr. Ron McKeown and I were fortunate and had the opportunity to put our tactics training to good use. We are credited with two Mig kills in an engagement over North Vietnam. On 25 May 1972 my pilot, Lt. Cdr. Mike Doyle and I were shot down by a SAM. I was captured immediately after ejection and spent seven months in captivity, being released with the last group of POWs on March 29,1973. Prior to entering the Navy, I graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Education. I plan to continue my Naval career and following my convalescent period, I hope to start work toward a Masters Degree at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California. I am married to a lovely lady named Kathy, whom I met in college. We have been married nine years and have three daughters, Beth, 7, Becky, 5, and Christy, 2. Faith in God, our President and the American people, plus the leadership, spirit and companionship of my fellow POWs helped sustain me during imprisonment. I prayed for strength to overcome injuries and to resist-my prayers were answered. I prayed for our President and his efforts to secure a peace agreement and the return of all POWs-again, my prayers were answered. I looked to my fellow POWs to help me through periods of pain, anxiety and depression - I was never let down. And since my return I can see that my faith in my country and the American people was fully warranted. I am proud to be an American and to have had the honor of serving a country that has given me and others so much to live for. I hope we can all strive together to make our nation even greater. And I pray America will not forget those listed as MIA. ================ John Ensch retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and Kathy still live in California. ================
POW bracelet search leads to Padres official
San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego,CA,USA
is one and the same as the Lt. John Ensch whose name was embossed into a POW bracelet in 1972 after his F-4 Phantom was shot down over North Vietnam. ...
Vietnam War bracelets come full circle
Decades after the war's end, some who wore POW/MIA bracelets are reaching out to learn what happened to 'their' guy.