Name: Bobby Marvin Jones
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: Udorn Airfield, Thailand
Date of Birth: 05 May 1945
Home City of Record: Macon GA
Loss Date: 28 November 1972
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161500N 1080000E (ZC065915)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D
Refno: 1949

Source: Compiled 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 in 2020.

Other Personnel In Incident: Jack R. Harvey (missing)


SYNOPSIS: On November 28, 1972, Jack Harvey and Bobby Jones were flying an
F4D Phantom jet on a non-combat flight from their base at Udorn, Thailand to
Da Nang, South Vietnam. The purpose of the mission was to log flight hours
for Jones, the only Flight Surgeon missing from the Vietnam War, to maintain
his Flight Surgeon status.

Shortly before arriving at Da Nang, when the aircraft was about 18 miles
northwest of its destination, it disappeared from the radar screen without
any voice contact. A few hours later, emergency signals were heard, but
rescue efforts were hampered by monsoon rains and enemy held territory. When
search teams were able to enter the area three days later, they did not
locate the crew of the F4D. No further word has surfaced on either Harvey or

Examination of intelligence reports indicate that there was more than one
prison "system" in Vietnam. Those prisoners who were released in 1973 were
maintained in the same systems. If Jones was captured and kept in another
system, the POWs who returned did not know it.

Now, nearly 20 years later, men like Jones are all but forgotten except by
friends, family and fellow veterans. The U.S. "priority" placed on
determining their fates pales in comparison to the results it has achieved.
Since Jones went missing, over 6000 reports have been received by the U.S.
that Americans are still being held captive in Southeast Asia. Whether Jones
is among them is not known. What is certain, however, is that we, as a
nation, are guilty of the abandonment of nearly 2500 of our best and most
courageous men. We cannot forget, and must do everything in our power to
bring these men home.

Mission to Vietnam gets personal

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 02/24/07

Dalton - On three previous trips to Southeast Asia over the past two
decades, Jo Anne Shirley didn't have problems keeping her emotions in check
about the brother who disappeared in Vietnam nearly 35 years ago......


Published: July 30, 2008 08:10 pm

Call leads to 'relief' for Dalton family of Vietnam-era MIA

Victor Miller

Jo Anne Shirley likens it to “a big load lifted off your heart.”

Last week, the Dalton resident received a phone call with news she had been waiting almost 36 years to hear, apparently definitive information about what happened to her beloved brother, Maj. Bobby M. Jones, a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon who had been missing in action since Nov. 28, 1972, when the jet he was in disappeared from radar near Danang in South Vietnam.......

Subject:   Major Bobby M Jones Missing in Action
Date:   Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:52:08 +0000
To:   moehog <>

Good Saturday Afternoon Advocates, Veterans & Patriots!

 The sister of Major Bobby Jones, Mrs. Jo Anne Shirley, has lost her list of all who were wearing her Brothers ‘MIA Bracelet’. This is/was a coveted list of advocates/friends collected over 45 years as Mrs. Jones, Mother, and Jo Anne have worked tirelessly to account for Bobby. If you possess an MIA Bracelet for Bobby please drop his sister a note at with your info so they may recreate their list and keep you up to date on their efforts.  

Thank YOU for your continued commitment to Major Jones, his family and the POW/MIA issue.

It would be appreciated if you could share this with all on your Email, Facebook & Twitter list.


 Until they all come home……….


For the last 46 years, she's dedicated her time helping other POW/MIA families, one of the best memories the designation of her brother's interchange ...
The Servants Task Force is asking the Macon-Bibb commission not to change the interchange dedicated to Jones -- a POW/MIA from the Vietnam War.

The Chattanoogan

Christine Eunice Slappey Jones, 103 years old, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

She is the mother of Maj. Bobby M. Jones, M.D. USAF Flight Surgeon, Missing-in-Action 11-28-1972. She is preceded in death by her husband Marvin Joseph Jones; ...




On November 28, 1972, an F-4D Phantom II (tail number 66-7678, call sign Hunter 11) with a pilot and passenger aboard departed Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base on a ferry mission to Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. While it was northwest of Da Nang, the aircraft disappeared from the radar screen and was not heard from again. Search and rescue efforts were initiated and continued for four days but were unsuccessful. Two rescue beeper signals were received from near the Phantom's last known location, but a crash site could not be located.

Captain Bobby Marvin Jones, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Georgia, served as a flight surgeon at the 432nd U.S. Air Force Hospital on Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. He was the passenger aboard this aircraft when it disappeared on November 28, 1972, and his remains were not recovered. After the incident, the Air Force promoted Capt Jones to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Jones is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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