Remains Returned - buried July 16, 2011

Name: William Patrick Egan
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Unit: Attack Squadron 215, Carrier Air Wing 21
Date of Birth: 20 January 1931
Home City of Record: FORT WORTH TX
Date of Loss: 29 April 1966
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 170604 North  1054200 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H #137579
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0321

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.  2020


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Thursday, July 14, 2011
A naval aviator from Houston who died in the Vietnam war finally makes it home

The remains of a long-lost Houston man who was shot down over Laos in 1966 are returned to his family. ......




On February 26, 2011, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC, now DPAA) identified the remains of Lieutenant Commander William Patrick Egan, missing from the Vietnam War.

Lieutenant Commander Egan entered the U.S. Navy from Texas and was a member of Attack Squadron 215, Carrier Air Wing 21. On April 29, 1966, he piloted an A-1H Skyraider (bureau number unknown) that took off from the USS Hancock (CVA-19) on a combat mission over Khammouan Province, Laos. During an attack on enemy targets, his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed, killing LTCD Egan. His remains could not be recovered at the time. However, in late 2009, a Laotian farmer turned over fragmentary human remains recovered from his field; using modern forensic technology, U.S. investigators were able to identify them as the remains of LCDR Egan. 

Lieutenant Commander Egan is memorialized in the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

If you are a family member of this serviceman, you may contact your casualty office representative to learn more about your service member.