William Patrick Egan

Lieutenant Commander
United States Navy
20 January 1931 - 29 April 1966
Fort Worth, Texas
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A-1 Skyraider

Naval Aviator

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

The database page for William Patrick Egan

26 Sep 2002

William Patrick Egan



13 Jan 2004

Pat, you were 35 when you gave your life to protect all of your friends and family. We will not forget.

Your birthday is next week - January 20th, 1931. You were born 73 years ago and again your life was shortened by your devotion and duty to country.

From high school classmates; Weldon & Jean Kirby; Lu Juana Cartwright; Shannon James, who still wears your MIA bracelet; Glinda Daugherty, who lost her boyfriend Charley in Viet Nam in 1965 and is one of the friends on this message; and I am sure many more not mentioned here.

On your birthday all of these people will say a special prayer for you. Your friends in God's kingdom will find out how much you are missed and loved by all of your "Texas" friends.

Happy Birthday, William Patrick Egan.

"Classmates and Friends"
Arlington Heights High School, Fort Worth, Texas

21 Nov 2005

The friends and classmates of William Patrick Egan
gave a $1,000 donation in his name to the scholarship fund.
2005, Arlington Heights High School.

From a friend,
Tommy Lay

Tommy Lay
Friend and classmate
12 Nov 2003

I have Mr. Egan's MIA bracelet. I wear it every day. Even though I do not know him, not a day goes by I do not think about him and pray for him. He has a special place in my heart, and will remain there forever.

Shannon James
Oak Harbor, Washington

12 Mar 2004


I have developed a web page dedicated to William Patrick Egan at


I adopted a POW/MIA/KIA from the Operation Just Cause web site and it just happened to be LCDR Egan and then I found this page.

From a friend,
Bryan Richhart
Fort Worth, Texas

07 May 2006

I would be happy to correspond on e-mail with anyone who was fortunate to know Pat. He was such a happy, kind person, and my nine years of knowing him was a blessing to me and our children. I know he had many friends.

From his wife,
Mrs. Anne Egan

11 Jun 2006

To my granddad known as "Pat"
I send to you this thought
It may be corny but believe
It comes from the heart.

It's like a rainbow just for us
Where skies are always blue
Someday you'll look for me up there
As I will look for you.

Until that day I'll smile for you
Although your seat is bare
Because I know for all my life
You were always there.

From his granddaughter,
Kasie Marie
Email will be forwarded by a relative

09 Aug 2007

My dear Pat,

So many years I have missed you and loved you. I know you are in heaven with Moma and Daddy Egan and my mother and daddy. My day will come when we will all be together again.

Jerri, Janet and I just spent 5 days together and our main conversation was about you. They love you so much, just as anyone does that has ever met you. I know you are so proud of them and their children.

Pat, you were always the brother I never had and you always treated me as your "little sister". I just wish my children could have met you in person, but I have told them all the stories.

I love you, "Billy Pat".

From his niece,
Linda Parish Sanders
318 South 1st, Laporte, Texas 77571

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 29 April 1966, LCDR William P. Egan launched as lead aircraft in a section of two A-1H SKYRAIDERS tasked with attacking a truck stop and supply depot on the Ho Chi Minh Trail on the Laotian side of the Lao/NVN border.

The flight had been briefed to conduct a single dive-bombing attack with roll-in from 10,000 feet. Egan was first in on the target, followed by his wingman. The wingman observed Egan's weapons release and then watched helplessly as Egan's aircraft, Bureau Number 135576, continued in its dive and impacted the ground. The wingman orbited the crash site several times before departing the area. He reported that the crash was not survivable.

Based on the wingman's report, Lieutenant Commander Egan was classed as Killed in Action, body not recovered. His remains have not been repatriated (16 Mar 2008).

Joint Task Force-Full Accounting reports indicate that an A-1 crash site located near Ban Nepang, about 31 kilometers south of the Mu Gia Pass, is believed to be Egan's aircraft, but the site has been very heavily scavenged. Although excavations indicate the pilot was in the aircraft at impact, to The Virtual Wall's knowledge the site has not been positively identified and there has been no announcement of the recovery of human remains.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Mrs. Anne Egan

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Sep 2002
Last updated 03/16/2008