Remains ID'd 05/18/18

Name: Larry Ronald Kilpatrick
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Date of Birth: 21 November 1943
Home City of Record: STONE MOUNTAIN GA
Date of Loss: 18 June 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 181500 North  1054700 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7A #153230
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1878

Official photo             

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



No further information available at this time.



From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <>
Sent: 1 June, 2018 11:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Naval Pilot Killed During Vietnam War Accounted For (Kilpatrick, L.)


Dear Sir/Ma'am,


Naval Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Larry R. Kilpatrick, killed during the Vietnam War,

was accounted for on May 18.


On June 18, 1972, Kilpatrick was a member of Attack Squadron One Hundred

Five (VA-105), on board the USS Saratoga (CVA-60), flying an A-7A aircraft

in a flight of two on a night armed reconnaissance mission over northern

Vietnam.  Kilpatrick's wingman lost radio contact with him outside of Ha

Tinh City, after he announced he had sighted a target and was commencing an

attack.  After daybreak, search and rescue aircraft observed remnants of a

parachute near Kilpatrick's last known location, but could not identify it

as Kilpatrick's.  The search and rescue team was unable to locate any

aircraft wreckage.


DPAA is grateful to the government of Vietnam for their partnership in this



Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.


Kilpatrick's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others who are

unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his

name to indicate he has been accounted for.


For more information about DPAA, visit, find us on social media

at, or call 703-699-1420.  You can also view

Kilpatrick's personnel profile at

He was found, according to the federal POW/MIA Accounting Agency, ... a spokesman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, who explained ...


...There were no markings on the “life-support equipment” — fabric from a parachute bag — to link it to Kilpatrick, according to the report provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. It includes phrases like “it is historically feasible” and “the remnants cannot be directly attributed to any particular individual.” Fragments of an eyeglass lens found at the excavation site didn’t match Kilpatrick’s prescription.

The report does make clear that the evidence shows a pilot was inside the plane when it crashed...




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On May 30, 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Lieutenant Commander Larry Ronald Kilpatrick, missing from the Vietnam War.

Lieutenant Commander Kilpatrick entered the U.S. Navy from Georgia and served with Attack Squadron 105. On June 18, 1972, he piloted an A-7A Corsair II (bureau number 153230, call sign "Canyon Passage 406") that took off in a flight of two from the USS Saratoga (CV-60) on a night armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The aircraft went missing and was eventually found to have crashed in a remote area of Thua Thien-Hue Province in South Vietnam; LCDR Kilpatrick did not survive the incident and because search and rescue failed to locate the aircraft wreckage, his remains were not recovered at the time of his loss. However, the Vietnamese government eventually repatriated human remains that DPAA identified as those of LCDR Kilpatrick. 

Lieutenant Commander Kilpatrick is memorialized on 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.