NASMYTH, JOHN HEBER JR.
Name: John Heber Nasmyth, Jr. Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: San Gabriel CA Date of Loss: 04 September 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213516N 1054229E (WJ733872) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Other Personnel in Incident: Raymond P. Salzarulo, Jr. (remains returned) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 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 2008. REMARKS: 730218 RELSD BY DRV SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. The F4 was selected for a number of state-of-the-art electronics conversions, which improved radar intercept and computer bombing capabilities enormously. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around. A Phantom flight crew comprised of 1LT John H. Nasmyth, Jr., pilot, and 1LT Raymond P. Salzarulo, Jr., Bombardier/Navigator, was dispatched on a mission over North Vietnam on September 4, 1966. As the aircraft was over Bac Thai Province, about 10 miles southwest of the city of Thai Nguyen, it was shot down. 1LT Nasmyth was captured by the Vietnamese and spent the next six and a half years as a "guest" in prison systems in and around Hanoi. He was released in February 1973 in Operation Homecoming. The Vietnamese told Nasmyth that his backseater was dead, and his body had been in the crashed aircraft. Yet, since September 1966, the Vietnamese have denied any knowledge of the fate of Ray Salzarulo. Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive today. These reports are the source of serious distress to many returned American prisoners. They had a code that no one could honorably return unless all of the prisoners returned. Not only that code of honor, but the honor of our country is at stake as long as even one man remains unjustly held. It's time we brought our men home. Raymond Paul Salzarulo, Jr. graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964. He was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he was listed Missing in Action. His remains were returned by the Vietnamese to U.S. control on September 13, 1990. John H. Nasmyth, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he was a 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). JOHN H. NASMYTH JR. Major - United States Air Force Shot Down: September 4, 1966 Released: February 18, 1973 Hanoi Release John Nasmyth is the title of a book which Major Nasmyth is writing. It is also the message on the sign which his parents displayed in their yard for several years while he was a prisoner. Nasmyth chopped down the sign when he returned home. He had been imprisoned for 6 1/2 years, after being hit by a surface to air missile. His first eight days in captivity he spent in a room called the knobby room, a kind of torture room. He received no medical treatment for his wounds. In fact, the bandages which some civilians had given him were taken off so his wound could fester. The tortures, which he and 95% of the other prisoners underwent, were in the forms of solitary confinement, leg irons, and bindings with nylon straps which stretched the tendons and numbed the limbs. These tortures were not only severe, they were long; many spent months and months in leg irons and years in solitary confinement. Time was the biggest enemy. To help fill the hours one of the forms of entertainment was telling movies. Some men were so good at describing films they had seen that we would listen to their re-runs! Old movies that would have lasted for three hours might be expanded to five as they were told in such detail. Men did the same with books they had read. Hours were spent making up dictionaries and teaching each other courses. I taught a class in psychology which I had studied in school. At the six o'clock beep - the city of Hanoi sounds a horn at 6 a.m. - guys would meet down in the corner of the room for a Spanish class. Others would meet in another corner for a biology class. The floor was like black cement and we would use it for a blackboard. Broken pieces of red tile from the roof made good chalk. Ink could be made from a number of things, ground up cigaret ashes for one thing. Some would take toilet paper and make dictionaries - French, Spanish, Russian. Then they would pass them around. After some years there would be guys teaching French who had never taken French in their lives, like me. I was teaching Spanish the last year. We learned it from the others. My only plan for the future is to continue working with my family in seeking information from the North Vietnamese about the 1300 Americans who are still listed as missing in action. ================= John "Spike" Nasmyth retired from the United States Air Force as a Major. He resides out of the country. ==================