DOREMUS, ROBERT H.
Name: Robert Hartch Doremus [Military records show Capt. Doremus as Robert Hartch. The Captain informs us his middle name is BARTSCH.]
Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy Unit: VF 21 Date of Birth: 28 April 32 Home City of Record: Montclair NJ Date of Loss: 24 August 65 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 201000 North 1054000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B Missions: 78 Other Personnel in Incident: Franke, Fred A. RETURNEE
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 24 February 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated 2016.
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Fred A. Franke was the Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron Twenty-One flying from USS Midway (CVA41) in an F4B Phantom aircraft on 24 August 1965 when it was struck by a Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) over North Vietnam. The NFO, Cdr. R.B. Doremus and Franke ejected and were captured immediately upon landing in rice fields. Rescue efforts were not immediately feasible due to the location and the impending darkness (it was late in the afternoon). The wingman reported seeing no parachutes, and they were officially listed as Killed in Action shortly thereafter.
They spent the next 7 1/2 years imprisoned in Hanoi. Franke says he was sustained during those long miserable years by my faith in God and his country and the ever present knowledge that his fellow prisoners were near and lending moral support-the feeling was reciprocal. He occupied his time with physical exercise within the cell and with meditation in prayer as well as thoughts of past life, family and our wonderful country.
Robert B. Doremus retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Alice reside in Ohio.
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