McMahan, Robert Charles, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1977, 131X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Defense POW/MIA Office
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Keokuk, IA
Last Address
Jacksonville, Illinois

Casualty Date
Feb 14, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oakland Cemetery - Warsaw, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39E 036

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Ribbon Bar

Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow DevilsUSS Ticonderoga (CV-14)Department of Defense (DOD)
  1967-1968, VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils
  1968-1968, USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)
  1968-1977, 131X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Defense POW/MIA Office
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1968-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Illinois College
  1961-1965, Illinois College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 13, 1990, Remains Repatriated
  Nov 22, 1990, Remains Identified
  Feb 15, 2017, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 14 February 1968 then-Lieutenant (junior grade) Robert McMahan of Fighter Squadron 194 launched from the USS TICONDEROGA on a mission over North Vietnam. His aircraft was hit by enemy fire and went down near the city of Vinh, about 15 miles inland. Search and rescue efforts were unsuccessful - there was no contact with LTJG McMahan - and he was placed in"Missing in Action" status. Because he went down in a heavily populated area there was some hope that he had been captured, but his name never appeared on North Vietnam's prisoner-of-war lists and he was not released with the POWs in February 1973.

He was continued in Missing in Action status, and was twice promoted while MIA - first to Lieutenant and then to Lieutenant Commander. On 02 December 1977, almost ten years after he was shot down, the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for LCDR McMahan.

On 13 September 1990, a number of remains were repatriated. Seventeen men were positively identified, all aviators. One of them was LCDR Robert C. McMahan

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