Worcester, John Bowers, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 131X, USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)
Service Years
1959 - 1965
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Big Rapids, MI
Last Address
Big Rapids, MI

Casualty Date
Oct 19, 1965
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Highland View Cemetery - Big Rapids, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 126

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLSchool Assignments - StaffAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VA-195 Dam Busters
USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)
  1963-1963, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1963-1964, 139X, Naval Flight Training
  1964-1965, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1965-1965, 131X, VA-195 Dam Busters
  1965-1965, 131X, USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (65)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1959-1963, United States Naval Academy1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  After Action Report
  Jun 03, 2012, General Photos3
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Last Known Activity
On 19 Oct 1965 a section of A-4s from VA-195 embarked in USS BON HOMME RICHARD was tasked with an armed recon mission between Vihn and Thanh Hoa to the north. Then-LTJG John Worcester was flying as wingman in A-4C BuNo 148584. Worcester failed to join on his lead following an attack on a bridge some 35 miles southeast of Thanh Hoa and 20 miles inland. Although his lead retraced his route three times and was joined by other aircraft for the search, nothing was found - Worcester and his A-4 had simply disappeared.
Although BON HOMME RICHARD had been in the combat zone since May 1965, LTJG Worcester had joined VA-195 only a few weeks earlier and was flying his 14th mission when he disappeared. He was carried as Missing in Action, and was twice promoted while in that status to the rank of Lieutant Commander, until the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 08 Dec 1975. As of 27 Apr 2005 his remains have not been repatriated.
Note: O2 at loss. Promoted while in MIA status LCDR (04)
Incident Date:  Tuesday, 10/19/1965
Change Status:  Monday, 12/08/1975 Missing to Died while Missing
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