PENN, MICHAEL GENE JR. Name: Michael Gene Penn Jr. Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O2 Unit: Date of Birth: 13 March 1946 Dallas TX Home City of Record: Fort Worth TX Date of Loss: 06 August 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 205900 North 1064600 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7B Missions: 75 Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 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. REMARKS: 730329 RELEASED BY DRV
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). MICHAEL GENE PENN Lieutenant - United States Navy Shot Down: August 6, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 I was born in Dallas, Texas, 13 March 1946. On 8 March 1968 I married the former Miss Carolyn Ann Ritchie in Ft. Worth, Texas. We now have a son, Derek, three years old. Working as a police officer for the City of Ft. Worth for three years I simultaneously attended the University of Texas at Arlington and graduated in June 1969. I entered the Navy Jet Flight Training Program in August 1969, receiving my Wings in April 1971. My first duty station as a designated naval aviator was NAS Lemoore, California where I was assigned to Attack Squadron 56. My first cruise was on the USS Midway, departing the United States on 10 April 1972. I flew 75 combat missions over North Vietnam, and on the 75th, a SAM suppression mission, my aircraft, an A-7 Corsair II, was hit by a SAM over Haiphong. Though I ejected safely I was captured minutes after landing. Through resistance and brotherhood among the captive Americans, and a tremendous faith in our Commander-in-Chief, and the American people, we maintained our dignity and returned with honor. I am extremely proud to have served my country, and no one will ever know the true meaning of freedom until it has been taken away.
Michael resides in Texas.