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LCDR James Edward Dooley

LCDR James Edward Dooley

Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont, USA
Death 3 Dec 1967 (aged 25)
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 59007393 · View Source
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LTJG James E. Dooley, a United States Naval Reserves pilot, was assigned to the Attack Squadron 163 aboard the USS Oriskany during the Vietnam War.

LTJG Dooley and the second division of Attack Squadron 163 were on a mission flying their A4E aircraft over North Vietnam on October 22, 1967, their target was the Haiphong railroad yard. During the mission LTJG Dooley's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. His aircraft was seen heading east descending gradually toward open water and witnesses state that his aircraft hit the water. A search of the area was preformed with no evidence of a survivor. There was no parachute seen by any of the witnesses and there was no radio transmission from LTJG Dooley after the crash of his aircraft. The area was heavily populated by North Vietnamese and if LTJG Dooley had ejected from his aircraft he would have very likely been captured immediately.

LDJG Dooley was later promoted to the rank of LCDR.

LCDR James E. Dooley status was listed as Missing In Action (MIA); however, six years after the Vietnam War ended his status was changed to Missing Presumed Killed In Action due to the fact there was no evidence he was still alive.

If LCDR James Edward Dooley remains alive Godspeed to you. If he is not alive may you rest well with the angels.

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LCDR Dooley's name appears on the wall of the Court of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. See photo at the top.

LCDR Dooley can be found on The Wall in Washington DC at Panel 28E Line 048.

Family Members

Gravesite Details My husband wears his POW/MIA bracelet.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR James Edward Dooley (14 Nov 1942–3 Dec 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59007393, ; Maintained by Zuzu*s Petals (contributor 47134653) Body lost or destroyed.