Attack Squadron 164

Frank Callihan Elkins

Attack Squadron 164, USS ORISKANY (CV-34)
United States Navy
25 May 1939 - 31 October 1977
Bladenboro, NC
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Frank Elkins


Naval Aviator

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

The database page for Frank Callihan Elkins

Frank Elkins was a fellow Naval Aviator and squadron-mate of mine from VA-44, the A-4 RAG (training squadron) at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida.

Frank was shot down on 10/13/66 over North Vietnam. He was declared MIA until a Presumptive Finding of Death was issued in October, 1977. His remains were identified and returned to the U.S. in January, 1990.

With Frank's widow's (Marilyn) permission, the Naval Institute Press in 1973 published Frank's diary, "The Heart of a Man". This is an excellent and moving testimony to life's values and to Frank's beautiful wife. I believe Marilyn is still residing in California.


Then-Lieutenant Frank Elkins was assigned to Attack Squadron 164 (VA-164) embarked in USS ORISKANY. On October 12, 1966, he was on a strike mission near the city of Tho Trang, about five miles from the coast of Nghe An Province, when his A-4E Skyhawk was hit by a Surface-to-Air missile (SAM). It was not known what happened to Elkins after the crash of his aircraft, and he was classified Missing in Action. In March 1990, the Vietnamese "discovered" the mortal remains of Elkins and returned them to U.S. control.

From the
POW Network

A memorial from his former squadronmate,
Timothy J. Lynch 
17 Mar 2001

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With all respect - K. J. Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)