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CDR John Clement "Jack" Mape
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Birth: Sep. 24, 1925
Ottawa County
Michigan, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 1966, Vietnam

In Memory of…..... CDR. JOHN CLEMENT MAPE. (John was a TWIN)
*** Two of Mape's daughters will go to Honolulu to accompany their father's remains on the final flight home in mid-April. Mape will be buried in San Bruno following services at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in San Mateo,
where he grew up.
*** John C. Mape,Commander, United States Navy,was buried on 30 April 1999 in Plot S-0-641, Golden Gate National Cemetery,San Bruno, San Mateo County, California.
*** Commander Mape was a member of Attack Squadron 52, Carrier Air Wing 5 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS TICONDEROGA (CVA-14). On April 13, 1966, he was the pilot of a Douglas Attack Skyrader (A-1H) over North Vietnam when his aircraft crashed. His remains were recovered on January 16, 1998 and identified on February 19, 1999. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

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: 40
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Sep 24, 1925
He was born in Holland, Mich.
He was assigned to the USS Ticonderoga in September 1965. When he left for Vietnam, he was stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Station and had lived in Dublin for several years. The city of Dublin named a neighborhood park in his honor when it opened in May 1967. The park, on Plata Way, was renovated in 1997 and renamed Mape Memorial Park.

Marital Status: Married - Patricia Teresa Mape of Dublin, Ca. He was the father of seven children. Sons, Christopher and Michael Mape and Daughters, Teresa, Susan, Mary, Judy and Sara(Sarah) Mape (Sally), Sister: only living sibling, Mary Elizabeth Mape Sarris - FAG # 110564139. Parents: Father, Vance Charles Mape, Born 1889 and Died 1947 of San Mateo, CA. and Mother, Clothilde, Born June 26, 1895 and Died Jan. 1992 in Sonoma,CA. (Clotilde)Schroeder (C. and M.) Mape, Both born in Minnesota.

***** This is to my dad, John C. Mape (Jack)
I LOVE YOU DAD!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Sara Mape (Sally)
San Francisco, Ca

***** In May 1967 the city of Dublin, California, named a neighborhood park in his honor - the Mape Memorial Park.

***** "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Vance C Mape (Your Dad)
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: San Mateo, Judicial Township 2, San Mateo, California, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 51
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Minnesota
Birth Year (Estimated): 1889
Last Place of Residence: Holland, Michigan
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Vance C Mape 51 Minnesota - Your Dad
Wife Clotilde S Mape 45 Minnesota - Your Mom
Son Vance C Mape,Jr. 20 Michigan-Your Brother-FAG 111536700
Daughter Mary E Mape F 17 Michigan - Your Sister
Daughter Joan Mape F 14 Michigan - Your Sister
Son John C Mape M 14 Michigan - YOU

CDR - O5 - Navy - Regular
Length of service 16 years
His tour began on Apr 13, 1966
Casualty was on Apr 13, 1966

Body was recovered
Panel 06E - Line 112

Other Personnel in Incident:


No further information available at this time.

The remains of three American servicemen previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial in the United States.
They are identified as Navy Cmdr. John C. Mape, San Francisco, Calif.; Air Force Maj. John E. Bailey, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John F. Hartzheim, Appleton, Wis.

On April 13, 1966, Mape was leading three fighter planes when his A-1H Skyraider was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

He went down in the cloud cover over Nghe Tinh
Province, and the other pilots didn't see him eject.

He crashed in a field and was buried by a farmer.

Other pilots in the flight made a visual inspection of the crash site and concluded there were no survivors.

In May 1991 a joint U.S./Vietnamese team, led by the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, traveled to Nghe Tinh Province and interviewed several local witnesses who recalled the crash of a U.S. aircraft in April or May 1966. The witnesses also indicated that the site had been heavily scavenged for metal in the early 1990s.

The initial visit to the crash site in 1991 and a
subsequent visit in July 1993 provided little material evidence.
In August 1994 a U.S./Vietnamese team learned that a group of men had been arrested in Dong Nai Province in late 1992 for illegally excavating and taking remains from the crash site. The remains of the 40-year-old fallen pilot and two other former Vietnam War soldiers were identified by the Pentagon Wednesday after U.S. scientists compared Mape's DNA with that of Sarris. For Sarris the return of her brother's remains is a mixed blessing. The sense of loss for the younger brother she adored -- and from whom she
learned the value of compassion and sacrifice -- has never gone away."His one wish was that he got all his boys home, and he got his wish,"said Sarris,76,of Santa Rosa. Sarris gave a DNA sample for analysis at the Naval pathology laboratories in Maryland. In December, the family was
told the DNA matched.
"Everyone came home but him." "Jack", as his family called him, was leading a reconnaissance mission of fighter planes over North Vietnam when he was shot out of the air on April 13, 1966.
His remains were confiscated by the Vietnamese government in 1994 from group of Vietnamese men who planned to sell them for profit. Vietnamese authorities confiscated the remains and turned them over to U.S. anthropologists.

The source indicated that the items were recovered near a 1968 crash site of an U.S. aircraft in Khammouan Province.
In October and December 1994 joint U.S./Lao teams traveled to the Khammouan Province to interview several villagers with information about the crash.

While surveying the crash site the team found aircraft wreckage, a fragment of a possible knife sheath and human remains. Successive visits in 1995 and 1996 recovered more remains, life support equipment and other crew-related
items. Anthropological analysis of the remains and other evidence by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii confirmed the identification of Mape, Bailey and Hartzheim.
Publ. Tuesday, March 30, 1999, in the San Jose Mercury News
U.S. pilot 'coming home'
Ex-Dublin resident shot down in Vietnam
identified with DNA
Staff writer Sam Richards contributed to this story.
Family links: 
  Vance C Mape (1889 - 1947)
  Mary Elizabeth Mape Sarris (1923 - 2004)*
  John Clement Mape (1925 - 1966)
*Calculated relationship

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: S, 0, 641
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Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
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Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
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