BERRYMAN, MICHAEL C.
Name: Michael C. Berryman Rank/Branch: Captain/U.S. Marine Corps Unit: Age: 28 Home City: Yuma AZ Date of Loss: 28 January 1991 Country of Loss: Kuwait Loss Coordinates: Status: Prisoner of War Status in 2002: Released 03/05/91 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: AV8B Harrier
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, published sources, interviews. Updated by the POW NETWORK 2002.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: The Harrier, or AV-8B, is a fighter-bomber notable for its ability to make vertical takeoffs by directing thrust from its engines downward. The peacetime favorite at airshows is used extensively by the U.S. Marines in Operation Desert Storm.
Capt. Michael C. Berryman has been a Harrier pilot for six years. Of the 60 pilots in his unit, he has the second-most experience. In the Middle East, Berryman is stationed at a Marine base about 60 miles from the Kuwaiti border.
On Monday, January 28, Berryman was on a bombing mission in his Harrier jet over Kuwait when the aircraft was shot down. Other airmen in the area saw the Harrier explode when it struck the ground, but were unable to determine if Berryman ejected from the aircraft.
The following day, Berryman's family was notified that he is missing in action. The Marine Corps requested that the family not make public statements regarding the loss of Michael Berryman. They have hope "that maybe he got out of the plane before it crashed."
On March 6, 1991, to the surprise of everyone, Berryman was released by the Iraqis in a group of 15 American POWs. He had been held near Basra.
Michael C. Berryman is from Cleveland, Oklahoma and now lives with his wife in Yuma, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school there in 1980. He received a degree in construction engineering at the University of Oklahoma in 1985. Following Navy ROTC years at OU, Berryman joined the Marine Corps. His parents, Loy and Esther Berryman, live in Cleveland. Berryman's brother, Brian, is an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.