James Reginald Bauder

United States Navy
17 May 1931 - 12 May 1978
La Canada, California
Panel 10E Line 126



Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Reginald Bauder

22 Jul 2001


by someone who wears your MIA bracelet,
Christina J Adams
21 May 2003

To James' family-

I wore James' MIA bracelet for years and tomorrow my daughter will wear it in honor of him as part of her school report on the decade of the 60's. I always wanted to write to you and tell you that I was thinking of him and you. God Bless.

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16 May 2004

I just wanted to say that you will always be remembered. I have worn your MIA bracelet for the past two years and will continue to do so. Thank you for all you have done!


Tegan Comer

15 Dec 2004

I have had James' POW bracelet for almost 30 years now and I always
wanted to know more about him.

I was also in Viet Nam during 1966-1967 on the cruiser USS CANBERRA.

I saw his name on the Viet Nam Memorial and hold his bracelet dear to me, you see, because my name is also - James Bauder

James Bauder

17 Jan 2005

James R. Bauder embodied honor, courage, and commitment. One who paid his life to let ours be better. One who paid his life in the line of duty. One who paid his life in honor. The tragic loss of life will always be remembered. In carrying your name upon our wrists, we carry your honor with us. Remembering you forever.

Carrying your name for one year a month and 4 days.

E. Huwa

19 Feb 2005

I also have James' POW bracelet. I have had it since I was a teenager 30 years ago. It is now displayed in my kitchen on a Vietnam memorial board which includes all newspaper articles that are published on POW's. James as well as all POWs will NEVER be forgotten in my home!!!

Paula Childers

26 Feb 2006

In September 1966 I was a 19 year old "airdale" putting liquid oxygen into the jets prior to their launch. James Bauder was just hooked up to the catapault and I waved at him to get his attention. With my left hand over my nose, I signaled to him with a thumb up then thumb down. He responded with a thumb up which means his oxygen gauge said full. I saluted him and then his jet was launched.

I didn't know it at the time but we were both from La Canada, California. I think that of all the thousands of Navy air support personnel, a La Canada guy was supporting another La Canada guy during his last moments. I don't have a bracelet, but I won't forget that moment.

Harlan Updegraff

22 Apr 2006

I obtained a bracelet with James Bauder's name on it over 30 years ago, when they were first made. For many years I had it tucked away in a jewelry box. I found it again a few years ago and I wear it on every patriotic holiday. Some of my friends are really into wearing red, white and blue on the Fourth of July. When they ask me where my patriotic clothing is, I show them my bracelet. That's the most patriotic thing I can think of wearing.

I have never forgotten the name on my bracelet and have visited the Wall in Washington D.C. many times. I will never forget James Bauder. My prayers are still with his family.

Theda Williams

30 Jun 2006

My mother obtained a bracelet bearing Captain Bauder's name and information some time around my birth in 1987. The day I turned 10 years old, my mother showed me her bracelet and asked me if I would like to wear it so it would not sit in her jewelry box. I still wear his bracelet to this day and I will be turning 19 July 18th. I will continue to wear his bracelet until the day my daughter is ready and willing to wear it.

Rachel Sue Garwood
1147 Neal Dow Avenue Apt. #3, Chico, Ca 95926

22 Oct 2006

I too wear James' MIA Bracelet. I have had it for nearly 3 years. I got it from my brother who serves this country as well and who is now stationed in Japan. Rest in peace, James. May they find you either way...

Kindle McLaughlin
Milwaukee, Wi

22 Mar 2007

I have had Captain Bauder's MIA bracelet for over 30 years and wore it proudly for about 10 years. The bracelet has been displayed on my bookshelf for the past 20 years. The only thing I knew about Captain Bauder was that he never came home.

Yesterday, I mentioned to a coworker that I had a MIA bracelet and he suggested I look up the name on the internet. I had no idea there was any information about Captain Bauder. I grew up in Sunland, California, a few towns away from La Canada. This brings back the sorrow of my youth when we sent our best and brightest to fight in Viet Nam. Rest in peace, Captain James Bauder. I will never forget you.

Cheryl Brittain
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Notes from The Virtual Wall

On the night of 20/21 September 1966, LCDR James R. Bauder, pilot, and LTJG James Mills, RIO, launched on a night armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Bauder was in F-4B BuNo 152973 as flight lead for a 2-plane section. The assigned route was from Cua Can to Thach Luyen along a river adjacent to Highway 1A.

As briefed, the wingman, a LT Hanley, was to hold a 4-5 mile radar trail behind Bauder's aircraft. After Bauder dropped flares to illuminate the river for barges, Hanley would attack any targets of opportunity illuminated by the flares. Hanley would then proceed straight ahead along the river for 45 seconds and drop his flares. Bauder, circling behind Hanley, would then prosecute any targets illuminated by Hanley's flares.

However, after going "feet dry" Hanley was unable to contact Bauder by radio. He then checked with the USS CHICAGO and the E-2A air control aircraft to see if they had radar contact with Bauder's aircraft, but they did not.

Neither Hanley nor his RIO had observed any flak or SAM firings during the mission, nor had they observed any unexpected explosions in the air or on the ground. No signals were detected from the emergency radios carried by Bauder and Mills. Extensive SAR operations during the night and early morning were unsuccessful; Bauder, Mills, and their aircraft had disappeared. The two were declared Missing In Action.

In 1978, Presumptive Findings of Death (PFOD) were issued for Captain Bauder (12 May) and Lieutenant Commander Mills (18 April) by the Secretary of the Navy. PFOD findings were based on the elapsed time without information indicating that the two men were still alive.

Given the absence of information indicating that either Bauder or Mills had been captured, it appears that they may have been killed on 21 September 1966, James Bauder at the age of 35 and James Mills at the age of 26.

As of 28 Feb 2006 the remains of the two men have not been repatriated. Current status is available on the PM-SEA pages for LCDR Mills and CAPT Bauder.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Christina J Adams

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Jul 2001
Last updated 08/27/2007