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LCDR Gilbert Louis Mitchell
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LCDR Gilbert Louis Mitchell

Birth
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 6 Mar 1968 (aged 26)
Vietnam
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 100044881 · View Source
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In Loving Memory ... LCDR. Gilbert Louis Mitchell.
*** Lieutenant Commander Mitchell, U.S. Naval Reserve, was a member of Attack Squadron 75, Carrier Air Wing 11 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). On March 6, 1968, he was the co-pilot of a Grumman Attack Aircraft Intruder (A-6A) on a combat mission over North Vietnam when his aircraft was shot down. 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!


GILBERT LOUIS MITCHELL - Navy - LCDR - O4
Age: 32
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jul 10, 1941-Born in Los Angele,CA.
From: TEHACHAPI, CA
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Married - Patsy Joyce Mitchell of Wasco, CA. Parents: Father, Gilbert William Mitchell and Mother, Ireda Jacquelyn Mitchell, Born March 24, 1916 and Died Sept. 22, 2005 in Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA at the age of 89 yrs old. Both of Tehachapi, CA. Mother died 9/22/2005.

** - ** Possible Relatives: G W Mitchell, Gilbert William Mitchell, Gloria Jean Mitchell, Janine Mitchell Purdy, L R Mitchell, Leonard R Mitchell Jr, Robert Allen Mitchell, Susan Diane Mitchell, Sue Mitchell

***** "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995"
Name: Gilbert Louis Mitchell
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 10 Jul 1941
Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Gender: Male
Mother's Name: Crafton

***** I am a cousin who never had the honor of meeting you. I met your mom and dad, my aunt and uncle on a trip they made to New York when I was a young boy. Your mom was so happy to see her brother, my dad Louis Ryall and sister Ginnie.
Tom Ryall



LCDR - O4 - Navy - Reserve
His tour began on Mar 6, 1968
Casualty was on Oct 9, 1973
In , NORTH VIETNAM
Loss Coordinates: 205200N 1064100E (XJ734062)
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was not recovered
Panel 43E - Line 26

Other Personnel In Incident: Richard C. Nelson (remains returned)



On March 6, 1968, Lt. Richard C. Nelson was the pilot, and Lt. Gilbert L. Mitchell the co-pilot of an A6A Intruder attack aircraft dispatched on a combat mission.

During the mission, their aircraft was shot down.

Subsequent information from Nhan Dan, a Vietnamese newspaper, indicated that the two pilots were probably dead.

This information was apparently not confirmed, however, as both men were classified Missing in Action, rather than Killed.





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In 1984, the Vietnamese "discovered" the remains of Richard Nelson and returned them to U.S. control. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Vietnamese have yet to "discover" the fate of Gilbert Mitchell.

Both Mitchell and Nelson were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander during the period they were maintained missing.
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  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100044881
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR Gilbert Louis Mitchell (10 Jul 1941–6 Mar 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100044881, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .