MOBLEY, JOSEPH SCOTT
Name: Joseph Scott Mobley Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O2 Unit: Date of Birth: 16 October 1941 Indianapolis IN Home City of Record: Manhattan Beach CA Date of Loss: 24 June 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 183700 North 1053900 East (Nghe An near Vinh) Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Nicholas Carpenter, remains returned 1989 Refno: 1214
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JOSEPH S. MOBLEY Lieutenant- United States Navy Shot Down: June 24, 1968 Released: March 14, 1973
I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 16, 1941. I was baptized and served as an acolyte in the Episcopal Church, served as a page in the Indiana House of Representatives, and was active as a Cub Scout.
My family (mother, father, younger brother and myself moved to Manhattan Beach, California in 1951. There I attended elementary schools and graduated from Aviation High School in Redondo Beach in 1960 where I was a member of the cross country and track teams and president of the Letterman's Club.
After attending El Camino College for two years, I received an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1966. After Flight Officer training, I received my Wings and orders for Vietnam, leaving here in January 1968.
On June 24, 1968, while flying as a bombadier-navigator in an A6A Intruder based aboard the USS Enterprise, the plane was hit at low altitude by AAA near the North Vietnamese city of Vinh. I was flying with Lt. Nick Carpenter who is still listed as MIA. I was carried as MIA until August 1969 at which time the Navy received word that I was a prisoner in North Vietnam. This status I kept until I was released in March 1973.
My future plans at this time are to remain in the Navy and to continue my education.
Upon my arrival at NAS, Miramar on March 18, 1973, I spoke these words which I would like to again repeat: "It is a very emotional experience for a man to return to his country and his people after so many years of absence. There are no words which can express my feelings at this time, but I know you will understand if I simply say it's good to be home. God bless America and God bless all of you wonderful people."
Editor's Note: Although he suffered a broken leg upon shoot down, Lt. Mobley was tied, standing, to a pillar, was beaten, interrogated, displayed for public humiliation, and forced to dodge bricks and bamboo sticks for eight or nine hours. He was then put into a cell and after waiting many long agonizing hours for medical attention for his broken leg, he set the bone himself. Later his captors applied a splint. Months of solitary confinement and intermittent torture and interrogation sessions continued over the five years of his imprisonment. He is six foot one and during captivity his weight dropped to 120 pounds.
Joseph Mobley is a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. He is stationed in Hawaii with his wife Mary.
Jun 30 08:38:41 1998 Subject: RADM Joe Mobley
FLAG OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today that the President has nominated Rear Adm. Joseph S. Mobley, U.S. Navy, for appointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va. Mobley is currently serving as director for operations, J-3, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii. Mobley was born Oct. 16, 1941, Indianapolis, Ind.
April 12, 2001
By JACK DORSEY April 12, 2001
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