Name: James Richard Bohlig
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O2
Unit: VMFA 115 MAG 13
Date of Birth: 10 July 1943
Home City of Record: CROCKETT CA
Date of Loss: 19 August 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 154334 North 1090100 East
Status (in 1973): Kill in Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B
Other Personnel in Incident: RICHARD MORRISEY, missing
Refno: 1483

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.

REMARKS: Aircraft did not return from night mission.


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On August 19, 1969, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 151012, call sign "Lovebug 515") with two crew members took off on a night bombing mission against enemy targets in South Vietnam. While returning from the mission, the crew reported they had not delivered their ordnance due to radar difficulties, and requested permission to drop the ordnance at sea. After being cleared to descend to a predesignated area to jettison the ordnance, "Lovebug 515" appeared to turn toward Chu Lai, South Vietnam, and then disappeared from radar in the vicinity of (GC) 49P BT 875 395. When radar tracking and radio contact could not be re-established, extensive aerial and sea searches were initiated, but were unable to locate the aircraft and crew.

First Lieutenant James Richard Bohlig entered the U.S. Marine Corps from California and was a member of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, Marine Air Group 13. He was the pilot of this Phantom when it was lost, and he disappeared with the aircraft. He remains unaccounted for. Today, First Lieutenant Bohlig is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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