James J ZavockyLieutenant (junior grade)
VAP-62 (TDY TO VAP-61), TF 77, 7TH FLEET
United States Navy
06 January 1942 - 25 August 1967
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Commander Edward J Jacobs, LTJG James J Zavocky, and ADJ2 Ronald A Bois-Claire were conducting airborne photo reconnaissance off the coast of North Vietnam in an RA-3 aircraft. Radio contact with the aircraft was lost, and SAR efforts failed to uncover any trace of the aircraft or its crew.
All three men were declared "Missing in Action". Eventually that was changed to "Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered". The fact of the matter is that no-one knows what became of these three men.
The sponsor of this memorial wishes to remain anonymous.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe three men were flying in RA-3B BuNo 144835 assigned to Heavy Photographic Squadron 61 (VAP-61) and probably launched from Danang Air Base in South Vietnam. They were conducting a night photo recon mission with infrared cameras in North Vietnam. The aircraft simply disappeared - no signs of wreckage or the crew were ever found.
Heavy Photographic Squadron 62 (VAP-62) was based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, as part of the Atlantic Fleet. VAP-62 never deployed as a full squadron to Vietnam during the war but did provide aircraft and aircrew augmentation to the Pacific Fleet's VAP-61.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009