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Maj James Maurice "Boos" McGavey
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1933
Valparaiso
Porter County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1967, Vietnam

Name: James Maurice McGarvey
Rank/Branch: O4/US Marine Corps
Unit: VMA 242, MAG 11
Date of Birth: 21 August 1933
Home City of Record: Valparaiso IN
Date of Loss: 17 April 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 183100N 1055300E (WF923471)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A
Refno: 0643
On April 17, 1967, Major James M. McGarvey, pilot, and Capt. James E.
Carlton, Jr., systems operator, were assigned a mission against a well
defended target located approximately twenty miles southeast of Vinh, Nghe
An Province, North Vietnam. At 11:12 p.m., during McGarvey's attack run, the
aircraft trailing McGarvey's by approximately eight miles reported seeing a
brilliant orange flash mushrooming from the area of the lead aircraft, after
which no radio contact could be established with the aircraft. Search and
rescue operations were initiated and lasted until April 26, 1967, with
negative results. Both McGarvey and Carlton were declared Missing in Action.

Throughout the war, the McGarvey and Carlton families waited, knowing it was
possible that their men had been captured, even though they heard no word of
either of them. At the end of the war, however, when 591 Americans were
released from POW camps, McGarvey and Carlton were not among them. The
Vietnamese denied any knowledge of them.

It is unlikely that the aircraft carrying McGarvey and Carlton was sighted,
shot down, exploded into a brilliant orange flash and crashed in a heavily
defended area without being detected by the Vietnamese. It is unlikely that
no information is available on their fates, although the Vietnamese continue
to deny knowledge of them.

Viet Nam War Memorial; Panel 18E Line 042 
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
 
Created by: Mike
Record added: May 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70153507
Maj James Maurice Boos McGavey
Added by: Mike
 
 
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See you at Sunset, Tiwie.
- Mike Kring, USMC
 Added: May. 21, 2011
 
 
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