Babcock, John Richards, 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
1968-1968, 131X, VA-196 Main Battery
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Evanston, IL
Last Address
Newport, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 18, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Winterset City Cemetery - Winterset, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36W 038

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 Duty Stations
USS Constellation (CVA-64)VA-196 Main Battery
  1968-1968, 131X, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
  1968-1968, 131X, VA-196 Main Battery
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of Illinois at Chicago
  1961-1965, University of Illinois at Chicago1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 16, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Aircraft was on a daylight combat strike mission (weather clear, visibility 20 miles) when it was hit by suspected enemy ground fire. The aircraft was on its 8th run and was rolling in prior to dropping its last two MK-82 bombs. No flak or tracers were observed. No ejections were observed. Suspected Possible premature detonation of own bombs during a daylight Steel Tiger strike on a road just within Laos, about 15 miles southeast of the A Shau Valley

Note: MIA 4 years. Remains found and buried in Winterset Cemetery Aug. 20, 1972

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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