Name: John Michael Christensen
Branch/Rank: United States Marchine Corps/O2
Unit: VMCJ 1 MAG 15
Date of Birth: 19 August 1946
Home City of Record: OGDEN UT
Date of Loss: 13 April 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 183188 North  1073200 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EA6A #156979
Other Personnel in Incident: David Leet, Presumptive Finding of Death

Refno: 1826

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 2002 with information from Major Jerry Cox,
USMC (Ret).  2020



Lt. Christensen was the Electronic Countermeasures Officer. Captain Leet was
the pilot.

No further information available at this time.




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On April 13, 1972, an EA-6A Intruder (bureau number 156979, call sign "RM 08") carrying two crew members took part in a two-plane electronic counter-measures mission over North Vietnam. While orbiting off the coast of North Vietnam, "RM 08" made a radio check-in, but was not heard from again. It failed to return from the mission, and searches for the missing aircraft and crew were unsuccessful. 

First Lieutenant John Michael Christensen, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Utah, was a member of Marine Composite Squadron 1, Marine Air Group 15, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the electronic counter-measures officer aboard “RM 08” when it went missing, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains have not been recovered. After the incident, the U.S.M.C. promoted First Lieutenant Christensen to the rank of Captain.  Today, Captain Christensen is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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