Captain John C. Ensch

The combat missions seemed endless. First, he and his co-pilot shot down two North Vietnamese fighter jets only minutes apart.  But on his 285th combat mission, he was shot down by the enemy. This former USS Midway aviator’s journey carried him through the depths of pain and humiliation at the “Hanoi Hilton” — and ultimately to triumph, honor, and personal peace.

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Captain James D. Reily, Jr. Captain James D. Reily, Jr.
Captain James D. Reily, Jr.

He was responsible for all the supplies aboard a floating city of 4,500 voracious young men. From eggs to pens to equipment weighing tons...

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Stephanie Dinh Stephanie Dinh
Stephanie Dinh

As Saigon collapsed around her, she and her family ran to a rescue helicopter destined for the USS Midway. Stephanie experienced firsthand...

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Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer
Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer

The shortest flight of his career was over in “10 or 15 seconds” — when a botched catapult launch dumped Herb Zoehrer's aircraft...

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray
Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray

He defied the odds to make sure that Navy aircrews could rely on their 75 planes during combat missions...

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Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee
Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee

The son of a fisherman, he was an enlisted man who “came up the hawsepipe” to become Chief Warrant Officer aboard Midway...

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