Name: John Clark Hurst
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: VMFA 115 MAG 13
Date of Birth: 30 July 1941
Home City of Record: LUFKIN  TX
Date of Loss: 13 July  1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 163706 North  1064404 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B #150650
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1225

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.


CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/4 YRS United States Marine Corps/QUANG TRI

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On July 13, 1968, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 150650) with two crew members took off on a strike mission against targets near Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Friendly ground forces and the other aircraft on the mission observed this aircraft catch fire during its attack run on a suspected enemy position. No crew members were seen ejecting, and the aircraft crashed near enemy positions in the vicinity of grid coordinates XD 835 345. Neither crew member's remains were recovered.

Captain John Clark Hurst entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Texas and was a member of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, Marine Air Group 13, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the pilot of this Phantom II when it crashed on July 13, 1968, and he was lost with the aircraft. Attempts to locate or identify his remains following the incident have been unsuccessful, and he is still unaccounted-for. Today, Captain Hurst is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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