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- Name: Richard Campbell Graves
- Rank/Branch: O1/US Navy
- Unit: Attack Squadron 215, USS
BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA-31)
- Date of Birth: 05 August 1944
- Home City of Record: Sunderland
- Date of Loss: 25 May 1967
- Country of Loss: North
- Loss Coordinates: 185359N
- Status (in 1973): Killed/Body
- Category: 5
- Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H
- Other Personnel in Incident:
by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from
U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources,
Richard C. Graves was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 215 onboard the aircraft carrier
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). On May 25, 1967, he launched in his A1H Skyraider on an
armed coastal reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Ensign Graves was the wingman for
Lt. O'Rourke on this mission. The flight was to seek out and destroy enemy water-borne
|The lead aircraft
started an attack run on a small cargo boat with Ensign Graves immediately behind him.
Graves fired rockets on and around the craft, then pulled out of the run in a normal
manner. As the aircraft approached a wings level, climging position, the left wing started
to drop and continued to lose altitude until it made contact with the water. The aircraft
exploded on impact and burst into flames.
Under the circumstances, Ensign Graves was unable to exit the plane. An immediate search
and rescue effort was started with the assistance of other A1 aircraft and a rescue
helicopter in the area. During the search, they were taken under fire from three
anti-aircraft batteries located on the coast about a mile from the crash scene. It is
probable that Graves' aircraft was hit by these batteries during the pull-out from his
Ensign Richard Graves is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were
found. His case seems quite clear. For others who are listed missing, resolution is not as
simple. Many were known to have survived their loss incident. Quite a few were in radio
contact with search teams and describing an advancing enemy. Some were photographed or
recorded in captivity. Others simply vanished without a trace.
Reports continue to mount that we abandoned hundreds of Americans to the enemy when we
left Southeast Asia. While Graves may not be among them, one can imagine his proud
willingness to fly one more mission to help bring them home.
Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been
supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with
POWNET regularly for updates."|
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