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Maj Richard Mershon Milikin, III

Maj Richard Mershon Milikin, III

Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Death 20 Aug 1966 (aged 25)
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 100041337 · View Source
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In Loving Memory ... Major Richard Mershon Milikin, III..
*** Major Milikin was a member of the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. On August 20, 1966, he was the photographer in a McDonnell Phantom II Reconnaissance Fighter (RF-4C) 5 miles southwest of Ron, Quan Binh Province, North Vietnam. His remains were not recovered. 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 your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 35
Milikin, Richard M., Staff Sergeant, Coral Gables, FL. Major, English - Deceased
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jan 28, 1941
Marital Status: Single - Ex-Wife, Bettie S. Vaughan. Parents: Father, Richard Mershon Milikin,Jr. and Mother, Anne S. Milikin. Paternal Grandparents: Grandfather, Richard Mershon Milikin,Sr., Born March 22, 1881 and Died April 25, 1965 FAG # 54604029 and Grandmother, Elizabeth "Bessie" Baker Milikin, Born Nov. 17, 1886 and Died June 14, 1972. FAG # 54603281. Your Dad'd Sister, Marie Milikin Madray FAG # 108112864.

***** Per FAG Volunteer Feldo - Richard Milikin was born and grew up in Coral Gables FL. His parents later moved to Charlotte NC where they lived until they died.

MAJ - O4 - Air Force - Reserve
His tour began on Aug 20, 1966
Casualty was on Feb 12, 1976
Loss Coordinates: 174800 North 1061800 East
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW

Body was not recovered
Panel 10E - Line 23

Other Personnel in Incident: pilot, Tiff Hawks was rescued.

On August 20 1966 Major Richard Mershon Milikin, III. was the photographer in a McDonnell Phantom II Reconnaissance Fighter (RF-4C) 5 miles southwest of Ron, Quan Binh Province, North Vietnam.

a U.S. Air Force RF-4C Phantom aircraft took a direct hit from ground fire during a night photo run while dropping flares in North Vietnam.

The pilot, Edwin Tiffany Hawks ejected and evaded the enemy until he was picked up by a rescue helicopter that or the next day.

Jack Feldhaus and his wingman were in the area and heard his distress signal.

Jack made contact with Tiff Hawks who was taking fire from ground troupes.

Ignoring anti-aircraft fire, Jack provided air cover for Tiff until he could be rescued by a Navy helicopter.

Jack and his wingman escorted the helicopter to the safety of the ocean and then returned to search for the other crewman while heavy anti-aircraft fire continued.

The explosion from the ground fire may have incapacitated the other crew member, Major Richard Mershon Milikin, III., who was in the rear seat.

His remains were not recovered.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100041337
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Richard Mershon Milikin, III (28 Jan 1941–20 Aug 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100041337, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .