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Capt Michael Anthony Seagroves, Sr

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Capt Michael Anthony Seagroves, Sr

  • Birth 29 Sep 1945 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 22 Jun 1969 Vietnam
  • Burial Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Section 33 Grave #1, Lot 87, Block 10
  • Memorial ID 79533590

DIED: Khanh Hoa, South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 123000 North 1090000 East

The 9th Special Operations Squadron flew out with the primary mission of psychological operations. They flew unarmed 0-2B's (low and slow) dropping leaflets and playing speaker broadcasts with different messages such as urging the Viet Cong to give up their arms and receive money.

On 22 June 1969, Major Erich C. Engelhard and 1st Lt Michael A. Seagroves departed Nha Trang in an O-2B (tail number 67-21455), directed toward a group of enemy troops some 20 miles north of Nha Trang.

The aircraft was shot down in the vicinity of Ninh Hoa, in a triple canopy forest, but the wreckage was not immediately located and both men were classed as missing in action.

In 1973, following the US withdrawal, the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for both Engelhard and Seagroves, changing their status from Missing in Action to Died while Missing/Body not recovered.

Both men were promoted while in MIA status, Engelhard to Colonel and Seagroves to Captain.

The wreckage of 67-21455 was located in 1974 and human remains recovered from the crash site. The remains were returned to US control on 01 April 1974. Status became KIA.
Causality number 43373

Col. Erich C. Engelhard

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Mike was looking forward to the birth of his first born child. Sadly, it was never to be here on earth. They are now together forever.
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Chicago Tribune, 27 May 1974:

Capt. Michael A. Seagroves, U5AF, missing in action South Viet Nam, since June 22, 1949, beloved husband of Frances R., née Rubino; loving father of Michael Anthony Jr.; dear son of Nelle D. and M. Earl Seagroves; fond brother of Col. Jean Conrad, USAF, and Richard W. Funeral Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m., from the Behnke-McKenna Funeral Home, 5917 W. Irving Park, to St. Pascal Church. Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Mount Carmel Cemetery. Member of Madonna Della Strada Council, No. 5574, K. of C., and Fourth Degree member of La Salle Assembly. Visitation day of funeral from 8:45 a.m. to time of service. In lieu of flowers, masses will be appreciated. AV 3-3426.

Article contributed by T McGuire (#46986053)


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  • Created by: Jen
  • Added: 29 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79533590
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Michael Anthony Seagroves, Sr (29 Sep 1945–22 Jun 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79533590, citing Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Jen (contributor 47362231) .