John Clement Mape

United States Navy
24 September 1925 - 13 April 1966
Dublin, California
Panel 06E Line 112



John C Mape

Naval Aviator

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

The database page for John Clement Mape

02 Apr 2002

John Mape was a dear friend.
He was killed when shot down over North Vietnam on April 13, 1966.

He's been gone 36 years now, but he is not forgotten.

A memorial from a friend,
Frank Geary

8 Jul 2004

This is to my dad
John C. Mape (Jack)

Although you died when I was very young child, I know you've always watched out for me. I feel you in my life today, all around me and with me every step of the way. I grew up hearing what a great man and hero you were, I don't need to hear anyone tell me that today because I it feel in in my heart all the time. I want to thank you for being my father, thank you for being there for me, thank you for the love you've given me, thank you for being who you are, my father. I LOVE YOU DAD!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Sara Mape (Sally)

88 Perry Street Apt #327, San Francisco, Ca 94111

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 13 April 1966, Commander John Mape, CO of VA-52, was flying an armed reconnaissance mission over Nghe Tinh Province North Vietnam when an enemy surface-to air missile struck his A-1H SKYRAIDER (BuNo 139692), destroying it. SAR forces made a visual inspection of the crash site and concluded that CDR Mape could not have survived.

In May 1991 a joint U.S./Vietnamese team, led by the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, traveled to Nghe Tinh Province and interviewed several local witnesses who recalled the crash of a U.S. aircraft in April or May 1966. The witnesses also indicated that the site had been heavily scavenged for metal in the early 1990s. The initial visit to the crash site in 1991 and a subsequent visit in July 1993 provided little material evidence.

In August 1994 a U.S./Vietnamese team learned that a group of men had been arrested in Dong Nai Province in late 1992 for illegally excavating and taking remains from the crash site. Vietnamese authorities confiscated the remains and turned them over to U.S. anthropologists.

The remains were repatriated on 16 January 1998, and on 19 February 1999 they were positively identified as those of Commander John Mape.

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In May 1967 the city of Dublin, California, named a neighborhood park in his honor - the Mape Memorial Park.

John C. Mape,
Commander, United States Navy,
was buried on 30 April 1999 in
Plot S-0-641, Golden Gate National Cemetery,
San Bruno, San Mateo County, California,
among other men of courage and integrity.

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