John Lee Espenshied

United States Air Force
17 August 1934 - 21 March 1979
Delaware, Ohio
Panel 17W Line 101



USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Lee Espenshied

19 Jan 2001

Remembered by his family, comrades, and friends.

Placed by his grandaughter,
Kim Lacombe
21 Oct 2007

Thirty-eight years ago today, John, you and Glen were declared as Missing in Action.

It seems that at least once a month as of late that I have been thinking about you both.

May the dear Lord give comfort to your two families.

From a friend,
Mike Dugan
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 21 Oct 1969 Captain Glenn Cook, 21st TASS, and Major John Espenshied, 558th TFS, were aboard a Cessna O-2A observation aircraft (tail number 68-10975) controlling an air strike in the hills about 25 miles west of Nha Trang when the aircraft went down.

Although the general area of the loss was known - where the Provinces of Tuyen Duc, Ninh Thuan and Khanh Hoa meet - SAR efforts were unsuccessful and the wreckage was not found. Since there was way of knowing whether the two men had died or were captured, they were listed as Missing In Action.

Neither of the two was identified as a prisoner of war, nor were they released with other American POWs in 1973. In December 1988, the Vietnamese "discovered" the remains of an American and returned them to U.S. control on 23 January 1989. On 01 June 1989, the remains were identified as those of John Espenshied.

Captain Glenn Cook's remains have not been located.

Summarized from
the POW Network
the DoD POW/MIA Office

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his grandaughter,
Kim Lacombe

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Jan 2001
Last updated 02/02/2008