Stevens, Philip Paul, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-2003, 131X, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Twin Lake
Last Address
Twin Lake

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
East Dalton Oakhill Cemetery - Muskegon, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 032

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 Duty Stations
NROTC (Faculty Staff)School Assignments - StaffNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVO-67
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
  1961-1965, University of Southern California NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1965-1966, 139X, Navy Pre-Flight School
  1966-1967, 131X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1967-1968, 131X, VO-67
  1967-1968, 131X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1968-2003, 131X, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
  1967-1968 Khe Sanh, South Vietnam (FOB)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  1961-1965, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
United States Department of Defense
Number 370-03
IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2003
MISSING NAVY CREWMEMBERS FOUND AND IDENTIFIED
 
The remains of nine U.S. Navy crewmembers, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and their remains are being returned to their families for burial.

The nine are identified as Commander Delbert A. Olson, Casselton, North Dakota; Lieutenants (jg) Denis L. Anderson, Hope, Kansas; Arthur C. Buck, Sandusky, Ohio; and Philip P. Stevens, Twin Lake, Michigan; Petty Officers Second Class Richard M. Mancini, Amsterdam, New York; Michael L. Roberts, Purvis, Mississippi, Donald N. Thoresen and Kenneth H. Widon, Detroit, Michigan; and Petty Officer Third Class Gale R. Siow, Huntington Park, California.

A group burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on June 18, 2003.

The nine departed Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base on January 11, 1968 onboard a Navy OP-2E Neptune aircraft for a mission over Laos to drop sensors which detected enemy movements. During its last radio contact, the crew reported they were descending through dense clouds. When they did not return to their home base, a search was initiated but found no evidence of a crash. Two weeks later, an
Air Force aircrew photographed what appeared to be the crash site, but enemy activity in the area
prevented a recovery operation.

Between 1993 and 2002, six U.S.-Lao investigation teams led by the Joint Task Force Full Accounting interviewed villagers in the surrounding area, gathered aircraft debris and surveyed the purported crash site scattered on two ledges of Phou Louang Mountain in Khammouan Province. During a 1996 visit, team members also recovered identification cards for several crewmembers, as well as human remains.

Full-scale recovery missions by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii (CILHI) in both 2001 and 2002 yielded additional remains, as well as identification of other crewmembers.
   
Comments/Citation
Remains:         1968 status: Body Not Recovered. Found later.
Repatriated:     07/10/2001 (Returned to US soil)
Identified:        05/20/2003
   
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