MAYHEW, WILLIAM J. Name: William J. Mayhew Rank/Branch: O3/United States Navy Unit: VF 142 USS Constellation Date of Birth: 23 June 1942 Home City of Record: Pughtown WV Date of Loss: 17 August 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 185900 North 1052700 E Status (in 1973): Officially "720720 REMS REC - 730815 ID'D" Category: REMAINS RETURNED Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B, Tail #151404 Missions: Refno: 1252 Other Personnel in Incident: Markham Gartley, releasee 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. REMARKS: 720720 REMS REC - 730815 ID'D NOTE: Numerous Government records show REMAINS RETURNED 07/72 - William Mayhew returned alive March 14, 1973. SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO WILLIAM J. MAYHEW Lieutenant - United States Navy Shot Down: August 17, 1968 Released: March 14, 1973 I was born June 23, 1942. I spent my entire childhood in a small town in Northern West Virginia called Pughtown. In 1968 the town was renamed, New Manchester. I attended Chester High School in Chester, West Virginia and graduated in 1960. I then attended Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I entered the United States Navy in October 1964. I received my commission on 5 March 1965 at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. My first duty station was at Commander Fleet Air in San Diego, California. In the fall of 1966 I went to Pensacola, Florida to train as a Naval Flight Officer. I received my wings in September 1967. I was assigned as a Radar Intercept Officer in F-4B's and completed this training in April 1968. I was then assigned to VF-142 at NAS Miramar, California. The squadron left for Vietnam on 29 May 1968 on the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and also those who helped my family. It was a great source of strength for me. Thanks so much from my family and me.
William Mayhew and his wife Amy reside in New Mexico.