SHUMAN, EDWIN ARTHUR III
RIP  3 Dec 2013

Name: Edwin Arthur Shuman III
Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy, pilot
Unit: Attack Squadron 35, USS ENTERPRISE (CVA 65)
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Marblehead MA
Date of Loss: 17 March 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212000N 1055000E (WJ864590)
Status (in 1973): Released POW
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A
Missions: 20+
Other Personnel in Incident: Dale W. Doss (released POW)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 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: 730314 RELSD BY DRV

SYNOPSIS: When nuclear powered USS ENTERPRISE arrived on Yankee Station on
December 2, 1965, she was the largest warship ever built. She brought with her
not only an imposing physical presence, but also an impressive component of
warplanes and the newest technology. By the end of her first week of combat
operations, the ENTERPRISE had set a record of 165 combat sorties in a single
day, surpassing the KITTY HAWK's 131. By the end of her first combat cruise,
her air wing had flown over 13,000 combat sorties. The record had not been
achieved without cost.

When the ENTERPRISE was again on station in the spring of 1968, two of its
pilots were LCDR Edwin A. Shuman III and LCDR Dale W. Doss, an A6 "Intruder"
team. The Intruder pilots were known to have, in the words of Vice Admiral
William F. Bringle, Commander Seventh Fleet, "an abundance of talent, courage
and aggressive leadership", and were sent on some of the most difficult
missions of the war.

On March 17, 1968, Shuman was the pilot and Doss his Bombardier/Navigator (BN)
when they launched in their A6A Intruder on a night, low-level strike into
North Vietnam. A radio transmission was heard indicating that they were
proceeding to execute their assigned mission. They had requested that other
aircraft keep radio transmission to a minimum. At this time they should have
been over land.

Shortly, another aircraft assigned to support the mission in an anti-missile
role attempted to establish radio contact since no "bombs away" call was
heard, and receiving no answer, the aircraft supporting the mission proceeded
to the pre-briefed lost-communications rendezvous point. Contact with Doss and
Shuman was never regained.

Radio Hanoi announced the capture of LCDRs Shuman and Doss on the following
day. Both men were placed in a Prisoner of War status. The two were held in
the Hanoi prisoner of war system for the next five years. They were both
released, along with 589 other Americans, in the spring of 1973 in Operation
Homecoming.

Since the war ended, nearly 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.


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

EDWIN A. SHUMAN III 
Commander - United States Navy
Shot Down: March 17, 1968
Released: March 14, 1973

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 7,1931. In 1948 I was graduated
from the DeVeaux School, and in 1954 from the US Naval Academy.

After receiving wings in 1955, I served in several different fighter and
attack squadrons from then until I was shot down in 1968. I attended the US
Naval Test Pilot School in 1960 and the US Naval Post Graduate School in 1962.

In late 1967 and early 1968 I was attached to Attack Squadron 35 aboard the
Enterprise, flying A6A type airplanes. On my 18th mission on March 17th, 1968,
I was shot down just north of Hanoi. My bombardier-navigator was LCDR Dale
Doss from Birmingham, Alabama. On that fateful night of St. Patrick's Day we
were to be the fourth airplane lost from our squadron in a two-week period
and, out of those four we were to be the only survivors.

At about 3 A.M. on that day we were making a low level radar bombing attack on
a railroad yard just north of Hanoi. Short of the target we were hit by
objects unknown and, after a very short parachute ride we were on most
unfriendly soil. Our location was such that there was no hope of rescue and
very little chance of evasion due to the high population density and flat
topography.

I was captured by a group of militia men at about 5 A.M. My right shoulder was
broken; otherwise, no other significant injuries were noticed. At about 6 A.M.
I was turned over to the regular army and, along with Dale, was driven to the
Hanoi Hilton. That was the last time I was to see him for the next 17 months.
Interrogations began immediately and after a series of threats I was tortured
with ropes for military information. That started 19 months of what I
considered to be the most cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

I spent 17 months in solitary confinement with very little contact with other
Americans. The object of the North Vietnamese was simply, they wanted complete
subjugation of mind and body. The penalty for violating their "regulations"
could be unusually severe; for instance, I was caught trying to talk with
another prisoner and was beaten for four hours, off and on, with a rubber whip
which we called the fan belt. This was followed by sitting on a stool or
kneeling on the floor with my arms strapped behind my back for six days and
nights. After this, I was "allowed" to write a good treatment statement.

I moved in with Dale in August, 1969 and in October the treatment improved
significantly. After that, there followed a long, frustrating wait. Of course,
irons and isolation were still used as punishments but the real, heavy stuff
was terminated.

What sustained me during those years? I think primarily faith in each other,
our country and our way of life, our families and for many, God. In addition,
I learned to detest Communists in general and North Vietnamese Communists in
particular, and everything they stood for. I also have the highest contempt
for those liberals who played ball with the Communists and opposed my
Commander-in-Chief, thereby giving aid and comfort to my captors, and
prolonging my stay.

Future plans include a long vacation with my wife and three children, followed
by an assignment in the Norfolk, Virginia area. The Navy has helped make my
transition as smooth as possible and I feel that I am well adjusted. And, as I
told the hospital psychiatrist, "I'm no more crazy that I ever was."

Edwin Shumann III retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and
his wife Donna resided in Maryland until his passing.

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Edwin Shuman III
SHUMAN III, EDWIN ARTHUR, CAPTAIN, USN ( RET), 82, husband, father, 
patriot, naval aviator, sailor, sportsman, and well-found friend to 
many, passed on December 3, 2013. His death occurred in Annapolis, 
Maryland from complications due to a fall on his boat on his way to a 
goose hunt. Ned was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate class of 1954, served 
for 34 years and was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years. He was 
awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross 
with 2 Gold Stars, the Bronze Star with (V),
http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/bronze-star/?personid=3D1683898=31&affiliateID=3D282
and the Purple Heart
http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/purple-heart/?personid=3D168389831&affiliateID=3D2822 
He was a member of the New York Yacht Club, 
Annapolis Yacht Club, The Storm Trysail Club, the Cruising Club of 
America, and the Golden Eagles. He is survived by his wife of 35 years 
Donna H. Shuman and his children Robert C. Borte III, and spouse Helen 
Y. Borte; first wife Eleanor Sue Shuman, and his children Edwin A. 
Shuman IV, and spouse Nancy H. Shuman, Mary Dana S. Giardina, and spouse 
Tom Giardina, and J. Brant Shuman. He is survived by grandchildren: 
Michael Shuman and spouse Meredith, Renee Shuman, Robert Shuman, 
Nicholas Van Wagoner and spouse Caroline, Helen V. Rosemont and spouse 
Hugo, Hannah Shuman, Sophie Shuman, Lila Borte and Kelly Borte; and 
great-grandson Robert Thomas Shuman. He is also survived by his siblings 
Mary S. Russell, Sally S. Smyth, Ann S. Mills, William Boeckeler, John 
Boeckeler. He is predeceased by Frank Hamlin. A Memorial Mass will be 
offered by Reverend Patrick Flynn at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 
620 N. Bestgate Rd., Annapolis MD. 21401 at 11 am Tuesday December 10th 
followed by Inurnment at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery with Military 
Honors. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The US Naval Academy 
Foundation, 247 King George St, Annapolis, MD 21401 or the Anne Arundel 
County SPCA. 1815 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403 Online condolences 
may be placed at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com<http://www.hardestyfuneralhome.com/>


Published in The Capital on Dec. 8, 2013

 

Edwin A. Shuman III, Former Prisoner of War Who Defied Hanoi Hilton Guards, Dies at 82 - NYTimes.com
 
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