GRIFFIN, JAMES LLOYD Remains Returned 03/1974
Name: James Lloyd Griffin Branch/Rank: United States Navy/04 Unit: RVAH-13 Date of Birth: 27 December 1932 Home City of Record: GATES TN Date of Loss: 19 May 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 210500 North 1055100 East Status (in 1973): Died in captivity Category: 1 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C Missions: 100+ Other Personnel in Incident: Refno:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. Updated in 2008.
03/13/74 REMAINS RETURNED
EGRESS - ANDERSON SAW ID CARD IN NAM NEWS/RADIO BROADCAST ID VOICE
10/07/2001 Having just learned of your POW info site, I thought you might like to have more complete information on my first husband, James Lloyd Griffin. The information from the following is from my own knowledge, information furnished me by the US Navy, and an obituary published at the time of his death in the Washington Post (the source for which I believe was the US Navy.)
Feel free to include any of the following information on your site.
Commander James Lloyd Griffin
Born in Gates, Tennessee 27 December 1932, he attended the University of Tennessee at Martin before entering the U.S. Naval Adacemy. Upon graduation from the academy in 1955 he entered flight training in Pensacola, FL and got his wings in 1956.
He attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and received a professional degree in aeronautical engineering from University of Mchigan in 1963.
He served in VA-83, deploying to the Mediterranean and flying missions in Lebanon in 1958 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex and in 1959-60 aboard USS Forrestal. He joined RVAH-13 in 1964, servinge in Vietnam on two cruises from 1965-1967. In April of 1967 Commander Griffin had completed 100 combat missions; his plane was shot down over Hanoi on May 19, 1967--Ho Chi Minh1s birthday.
Commander Griffin's awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross with gold star; the Air Medal with bronze Star (eight awards); the Naval Commendation Medal with gold star and combat distinguishing device; the Navy Achievement Medal; the Purple Heart; Navy Unit Commendation Medal with bronze star; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm); Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars; and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
On the day of his "shoot-down" a radio broadcast from Hanoi announced that Commander Griffin and his navigator had been captured, and, although gravely injured, he read a statement which was broadcast. A photo of his military ID card was displayed in a museum in Hanoi. He was carried in a "missing in action" status until January, 1973, when his death on May 21, 1967 was revealed by the North Vietnamese. On January 16, 1974 the Secretary of the Navy verified that Commander Griffin had died while a prisoner of war. A plaque marking the event of his "shoot down" stands on the corner of a building in downtown Hanoi.
Survivors include his wife Dora, his son James, and his daughter Glyn Carol Griffin, his parents, two brothers and a sister.