DOSS, DALE WALTER Name: Dale Walter Doss Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy Unit: Attack Squadron 35, USS ENTERPRISE (CVA 65) Date of Birth: 04 January 1936 (Birmingham AL) Home City of Record: Virginia Beach VA 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: 54 Other Personnel in Incident: Edwin A. Shuman (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. -------------------------
Dale Doss retired from the United States Nay as a Captain. He and is wife Stephany reside in Florida.