POW Network's Mary Schantag, Al Agnew, Bon Barnett and Gale (Dick) Vaughan  2018

The Agnew's  2018

Name: Alfred Howard Agnew
Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O4
Date of Birth: 11 August 1940
Home City of Record: Mullins SC
Date of Loss: 28 December 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 204500 North  1054800 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C
Other Personnel in Incident: Michael Haifley, still missing
Refno: 1975

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2017


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).

Lieutenant Commander - United States Navy
Shot Down: December 28, 1972
Released: March 29, 1973
I entered the Navy in March 1961 as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Since flight
training was completed in October 1962 I have served in the following
Airborne Early Warning Squadron Four (VW-4)
Air Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-Eight (VS-38)
Training Squadron Seven (VT-7)
Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Three (RVAH-3)
Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Thirteen (RVAH-13)
I was the pilot of an RA5C "Vigilante" of RVAH-13 flying from USS Enterprise
(CVAN'-65) when shot down December 28, 1972.
I attended the Citadel, Charleston, S. C. from 1958-1960. I married the former
Rena Thomas of Mullins, South Carolina, November 10, 1962. We have two
children, Howard, born October 1, 1963 and Krista Lee, born July 10, 1967. I
will remain in the Navy, and I will be going to the BS/BA program at the Naval
Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in July 1973.
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the people of the United
States for their efforts in behalf of all the POW/MlAs. The firm belief in the
faith of the people and government of our country coupled with the knowledge
that our families were well cared for was a prime factor in keeping our
spirits high.
The performance by the "old guys" in captivity was an inspiration to us "new
guys" and gave us a deep feeling of pride in continuing an active role in the
conflict against the government of North Vietnam. There are no words
sufficient to describe the overwhelming welcome we received on our return to
our country. To all of you then, simply "Thank You" from the bottom of my


Alfred Agnew retired from the United States Navy as a Commander. He and his wife Rena still
reside in South Carolina. Michael Haifley, his backseater, was finally found and brought
back to the USA. His remains were identified in 1985.


MULLINS, S.C. – City of Mullins Mayor William “Bo” McMillan is encouraging the public and fellow veterans to help honor a local hero by attending a ...

Paul Rung (left), a World War II veteran and former POW, and Alfred Agnew (right), a Vietnam War veteran and former POW, chat before a ceremony ...