MARSHALL, JAMES ALFRED
Name: James Alfred Marshall
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Unit: 441st Bombardment Squadron
Date of Birth: 12 September 1940
Home City of Record: Newark NJ
Date of Loss: 18 June 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 173000N 1180000E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: B52
Refno: 2032
Other Personnel in Incident: Robert L. Armond; James M. Gehrig Jr.; Tyrrell
G. Lowry; William E. Neville; Harold J. Roberts Jr.; Frank P. Watson (all
missing) Joe Carrol Robertson, Capt, KIA
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 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 2000.
REMARKS:
SYNOPSIS: Boeing B52 Stratofortress bombers have long been the Air Force's
most important strategic bomber. Used heavily in Vietnam, the venerable
aircraft continued its role throughout the Southeast Asia conflict and
played an important role in the Persian Gulf war two decades later.
On June 18, 1965, two B52 aircraft were performing a mission over the South
China Sea when they collided. The aircraft were approximately 250 miles
offshore at the point of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) when the accident
occurred. Apparently the crew of one of the aircraft survived or were
recovered, but the entire crew of the second remain missing.
The missing crew includes pilots Capt. Robert L. Armond and 1Lt. James A.
Marshall, and crewmembers Maj. James M. Gehrig, Capt. Tyrrell G. Lowry,
Capt. Frank P. Watson, TSgt. William E. Neville, and MSgt. Harold J. Roberts
Jr.
All the crew and passengers on board the B52 downed that day were confirmed
dead. It is unfortunate, but a cold reality of war that their remains were
not recoverable. They are listed with honor among the missing because their
remains cannot be buried with honor at home.
Others who are missing do not have such clear-cut cases. Some were known
captives; some were photographed as they were led by their guards. Some were
in radio contact with search teams, while others simply disappeared.
Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted with those
who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, and several
million documents have been studied. U.S. Government experts cannot seem to
agree whether Americans are there alive or not. Detractors say it would be
far too politically difficult to bring the men they believe to be alive
home, and the U.S. is content to negotiate for remains.
Well over 1000 first-hand, eye-witness reports of American prisoners still
alive in Southeast Asia have been received by 1990. Most of them are still
classified. If, as the U.S. seems to believe, the men are all dead, why the
secrecy after so many years? If the men are alive, why are they not home?

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Subject: 18 Jun 65 MIA/POW List
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 13:22:57 GMT
From: "D C Macdonald" <k2gkk@hotmail.com>
I found your list of POW/MIAs.  I checked the date of 18 Jun 65 and found
eight names.  I believe all eight to be the victims of the mid-air crash
between two B-52F bombers of the 320th Bomb Wing (H) from Mather AFB, CA.
The first man listed, Bob Armond, was a friend of mine and had been my
instructor.  Eight men perished in the crash.  Five of twelve crew aboard
the two aircraft were known to have ejected, but one died in the sea of
injuries after his ejection.  Just thought you might wish to have updated
information.
The B-52 aircraft I was on (from 7th Bomb Wing (H) at Carswell AFB, TX)
during this first-ever B-52 raid was on the same track directly 50 miles or
so behind the ill-fated crews and my pilot and copilot saw the explosion.
As the EWO, I had no visibility outside the aircraft.
BTW, the Electronic Warfare Officer Training Building at Mather AFB, CA (now
deactivated) was named for Bob Armond after his loss on that first "Arc
Light" mission.
My son-in-law went through navigator training at Mather about 1987 and went
on a visit to the Armond building. He found my class picture in the "rogue's
gallery" on the walls and said that my son (now a USAF helo pilot) looked
just like me.
Donald C Macdonald Jr, Capt USAF (retired)