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Col Michael Owen "Mike" McElhanon
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1934
Fannin County
Texas, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 1968, Vietnam

In Memory of Col. Michael Owen McElhanon.
*** Colonel McElhanon was a member of the 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phu Cat, South Vietnam. On August 16, 1968, he was the pilot of a North American Super Sabre Fighter (F-100F) serving as a forward air controller near Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, when radio contact was lost. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
(Find A Grave contributor RB McClelland has made a suggestion to you regarding your memorial for Michael McElhanon. He was in the 309th TFS but he and it were in the 31st TFW not the 37th. The 37th was at Phu Cat but the 31st was at Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam.)

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 45
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jan 6, 1934 - Born in Fannin Co.,Tx
Religion: BAPTIST
Marital Status: Married to Naomi Frances Bailey McElhanon (Now-Harbison) - two daughters, Kelly Ann McElhanon Born Dec. 31, 1962 in Dallas, Tx and Paige. Parents: Father's Name: Samuel Owen Mcelhanon and Mother's Name: Dorthy O Turner Mcelhanon.

***** "Texas, Birth Index"
Name: Michael Owen Mcelhanon
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 06 Jan 1934
Event Place: Fannin, Texas
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Samuel Owen Mcelhanon
Mother's Name: Dorthy O Turner

***** Daughter
"Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997"
Name: Kelly Ann Mcelhanon
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 31 Dec 1962
Event Place: Dallas, Texas
Gender: Female
Father's Name: Michael O Mcelhanon
Mother's Name: Naomi Frances Bailey

His tour began on Aug 16, 1968
Casualty was on Feb 6, 1979
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
Service: Air Force (Reserve)
Grade at loss: O4
Rank: Colonel (See Note below)
ID No: 456567279
MOS: 1023C Pilot
LenSvc: Not recorded
Note: O4 at loss. Promoted while in MIA status

Incident Date: Friday, 08/16/1968
Change Status: Tuesday, 02/06/1979
Missing to Died while Missing
Age at Loss: 34
Location: Province not reported, North Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died while missing
Reason: Air loss or crash over land - Fixed Wing - Crew
ON THE WALL Panel 48W Line 029

Body was not recovered

On 16 August 1968 Majors Michael O. McElhannon and John F. Overlock, both assigned to the 309th Tac Ftr Sqdn but on temporary duty with the 37th Tac Ftr Wing at Phu Cat, were conducting a MISTY mission over the area of North Vietnam

The last contact with the MISTY FAC occurred when Major McElhannon advised controllers he was leaving station to go feet wet for another hit on the tanker.

The MISTY flight wasn't missed for about 45 minutes, when an incoming flight attempted to contact it for FAC control.

Search and rescue operations failed to locate either aircraft wreckage or crew.

It was presumed that the aircraft went down somewhere in the area of Dong Hoi or over water.

Both crewmen were carried as Missing in Action until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of death for Overlock (09 Oct 75) and McElhannon (06 Feb 79).

During this time McElhannon was promoted to Colonel and Overlock to Lieutenant Colonel.

The remains of the two men have not been recovered.


Note: Looking for hometown location of his Memorial Headstone.
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
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Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 19, 2010
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