HERRICK, JAMES WAYNE JR. Name: James Wayne Herrick, Jr. Rank/Branch: 1LT/U S Air Force Unit: 602nd Special Operations Squadron, NKP Date of Birth: 28 October 1944 Home City of Record: Panora IA Date of Loss: 27 October 1969 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 193100N 1035000E (UG796608) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 3 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H REFNO: 1506 Other Personnel In Incident: none missing Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 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. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Jim Herrick was born on a farm in Guthrie Co. Iowa, the oldest son of the Herricks. He had paralytic polio at the age of 7, but by the summer of his 8th year was completely recovered with no trace of paralysis. He had a normal, active youth. In school at Iowa State College, Jim was in the Air Force ROTC, and went to flight school following college. He volunteered for overseas duty and was sent to Southeast Asia in May 1969. On October 27, 1969, Jim was flying an A1H aircraft on a reconnaissance mission when his plane went down in Xiangkhouang Province, Laos. His last known location was one mile north-northwest of Ban Khang Pha Nien and 19 miles north-northeast of Xieng Khouang. This is near the famed Plaine des Jarres region of Laos. In the prisoner of war release following the signing of the Paris Peace agreements, no prisoners held by the Lao were released. Only those prisoners held by the Vietnamese were freed. Jim Herrick, along with nearly 600 other Americans, disappeared in Laos and were left behind, forgotten. Thousands of reports of Americans held in captivity have been received by the United States Government. Many sources have been polygraphed and indicate no deception, yet the government states there is no "proof" Americans are being held. Yet, the reports persist, and increase in number as the years pass. As the years pass, what must those men be thinking of us? James W. Herrick was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he was maintained Missing in Action. He was presumptively declared killed in action 21 November 1977, based on no new information to prove he was alive.