MORRISON, JOSEPH CASTLEMAN Name: Joseph Castleman Morrison Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 13 November 1930 Home City of Record: Lexington KY Date of Loss: 25 November 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 172000N 1061200E (XE270185) Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Other Personnel In Incident: San D. Francisco (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. 2015 REMARKS: VOICE CONTACT ON GROUND Shown dead at crash site in photos released by the Vietnamese in 11/1992. SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. San D. Francisco and Maj. Joseph C. Morrison were flying an F4D aircraft on a combat mission in North Vietnam when it was shot down November 25, 1968. Both officers safely ejected from the plane and established radio contact on the ground with recovery forces. Their parachutes were spotted with 700 meters of a North Vietnamese encampment. Contact with Francisco was lost within a half hour. Morrison evaded successfully throughout the night, and re-established radio contact on the following day. Recovery was prevented, primarily by weather, and voice and beeper contact was lost. Both Morrison and Francisco were placed in Prisoner of War Status and expected to be released in 1973 when 591 Americans were freed from North Vietnamese prisons. However, neither man was released. A later coordination of records showed that Francisco and Morrison were both listed as Missing (not Prisoner) by Defense Intelligence Agency and the Air Force, while JCRC (Thailand) carried both Francisco and Morrison as Prisoner (not missing). JCRC was ordered to "delete any references pertaining to PW status" in Francisco's case. No order was issued at that time to change Morrison's status. The reasons behind the order are unclear. Over a thousand reports of Americans alive in the hands of the Vietnamese have been received by the U.S. since the end of the war. Many government officials state that they believe Americans are currently being held against their will in Southeast Asia. The question is, who are they, and how will we bring them home? Are Morrison and Francisco among them? San D. Francisco was promoted to the rank of Major and Joseph C. Morrison to the rank of Colonel during the period they were maintained Prisoner of War. [r1329.97] PROJECT X SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE NAMES: FRANCISCO, San D., lLt. USAF MORRISON, JOSEPH, Maj., USAF OFFICIAL STATUS: FRANCISCO: MISSING MORRISON: DEAD, BODY NOT RECOVERED CASE SUMMARY: SEE ATTACHED RATIONALE FOR SELECTION: Voice contact was made with lLt Francisco and Maj. Morrison by the search and rescue aircraft. A Hanoi newspaper article describes the shooting down of a U.S. aircraft that correlates with this case by date, location,, and type of aircraft. The article also states that the pilots of this aircraft were captured. No subsequent reports of death have been received for either individual. REFNO: 1329 20 Apr 76 (U) CASE SUMMARY 1. On 25 November 1968 Maj. Joseph Morrison aircraft commander, and lLt San D. Francisco, pilot, were the crew of an F4D. (#66-7523), on a reconnaissance-escort mission over North Vietnam. As the reconnaissance aircraft started his mission in the target area, he heard that his escort aircraft had been hit. He aborted his mission immediately, but did not see the escort aircraft crash. He did hear a steady beeper, and then scrambled search and rescue forces (SAR). The wreckage was located on the side of a hill at grid coordinates (GC) XE 270 185. When the SAR forces arrived, they attempted a pickup at (GC) XE 272 186, but were driven off by small arms fire. Due to adverse weather conditions, the SAR effort was discontinued for the first day. The next morning a Forward Air Controller (FAC) was on station but fog in the area hindered his search. As the fog dissipated the downed pilot's location was confirmed again. However, due to adverse weather SAR forces were not in the area at that time,, which delayed the rescue attempt. When the SAR forces did arrive, radio contact was lost and could not be re-established. The Parachute that had been visible the day before had disappeared. All efforts to re-establish contact with the crew failed. (Ref 1) 2. On 26 November 1968, The Peoples Army newspaper carried an article that congratulated the people of Quang Binh for shooting down an F4 on 25 November 1968, and that the pilots were captured alive (NFI). (Ref 2) 3. (U) In May 1973 JCRC proposed that the US Delegate to the Four-Party Joint Military Team should suggest this site as a possible operation in North Vietnam. Hostile threat precluded any other actions to resolve this case during the existence of JCRC. Details of this case together with information indicating enemy knowledge of the case were turned over to the Four-Party Joint Military Team with a request for any information which would assist in determining status and resolution on 12 December 1973. No response was forthcoming. 1LT. Francisco is currently carried in the status of Missing. Maj. Morrison is currently carried in the presumptive status of Dead, Body Not Recovered. REFERENCES USED 1. RPT (U), 432 TFW AF Form 484 w/statments, 17 Dec 68. 2. RPT (U), Interpretation of Nhan Dan, 26 Nov 68. ASSOCIATED INDIVIDUALS 1. San D. Francisco 1329-0-01. 2. Joseph Morrison 1329-0-02 * National Alliance of Families Home Page ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Possible graves of two Vietnam War-era MIA pilots identified
Francisco-Farrell spent three days last week in Washington, D.C. meeting with case workers and officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...