MARIK, CHARLES W.
Name: Charles W. Marik "Cupcake 406" Rank/Branch: USN, O2/ Bombadier/Nagigator Unit: VA65 -- USS Constellation Date of Birth: 14 April 39 Home City of Record: Oakland, MO Date of Loss: 25 June 66 Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 184300N 1055000E Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 5 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A-6A - Intruder
Remarks: Good Chute
Other Personnel In Incident: Richard M. Weber (rescued), pilot
Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost, and detail the information learned since the date of loss. Information in the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these summaries."
Updated in 1998 with information provided by CDR F. Hugh Magee USN RET, Attack Squadron 146 through "The Loss of Busy Bee 604, The events of 35 June 1966, as experienced by Lt F. Hugh Magee USN, Attack Squadron 146, Illustrated by Max Coulson."
Synopsis: On June 25, 1966, Lieutenant JG Marik and Lieutenant Commander Richard M. Weber, pilot, were the crew of an A-6A from the U.S.S. Constellation on a combat mission against the Hoi Thuong Barracks, a coastal target in northern Vietnam. Their aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire in the tail section during a bombing run on the target and the pilot found the aircraft was not responding to control. Both crewmen bailed out and the pilot was in contact with Lieutenant Marik while descending but did not observe him actually land in the water. The pilot landed in the water approximately 3-5 miles from the beach in the South China Sea. After landing he shouted for Lieutenant JG Marik and fired his weapon into the air but never received a response. An airborne SAR force rescued Commander Weber but was unable to locate any trace of Marik after a four hour search.
[Cdr Hugh Magee reports "... the A6 had been shot down in the vicinity of Vinh and the two were in the water about 1/4 mile off the Vinh beach, under mortar fire from bunkers on the beach. Upon arriving on the seen, Cdr Magee, "Busy Bee 604" could see "one survivor in the water; and several hundred yards toward the beach, a large greenish dye marker, but could not see the second survivor..." Seconds later, Cdr Magee was hit by a 85mm anti aircraft shell. He jettisoned fuel, ejected with a good chute, and was picked up a short time later. Once hoisted inside the rescue helo, Cdr Magee found the wet figure of LT R.M. Weber. One of the crewmen stated they thought Marik had taken a direct mortar hit, Weber suffering only minor injuries. Weber said he had little hope his crewman would be found. The search continued until fuel became critical, to no avail. Two of three survivors were rescued under intense enemy fire -- the most successful rescue to date involving similar incidents. Those involved felt a sadness at the loss of Ltjg Marik, but felt it was not due to any failure of the rescue operation. Today, Magee's Skyhawk "Charlie" A4-C, #149567 rests in peace on the Gulf of Tonkin floor - devoid of canopy, seat and pilot. He retired in 1972 from the Navy, and in 1992 from the private sector.]
Lieutenant JG Marik was declared missing in action. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on his precise fate. In May 1973 he was declared killed in action, body not recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death.