MAYHEW, WILLIAM J.
Name: William J. Mayhew
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Navy
Unit: VF 142 USS Constellation
Date of Birth: 23 June 1942
Home City of Record: Pughtown WV
Date of Loss: 17 August 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 185900 North 1052700 E
Status (in 1973): Officially "720720 REMS REC - 730815 ID'D"
Category: REMAINS RETURNED
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B, Tail #151404
Other Personnel in Incident: Markham Gartley, releasee
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.
REMARKS: 720720 REMS REC - 730815 ID'D
NOTE: Numerous Government records show REMAINS RETURNED 07/72 - William
Mayhew returned alive March 14, 1973.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
WILLIAM J. MAYHEW
Lieutenant - United States Navy
Shot Down: August 17, 1968
Released: March 14, 1973
I was born June 23, 1942. I spent my entire childhood in a small town in
Northern West Virginia called Pughtown. In 1968 the town was renamed, New
Manchester. I attended Chester High School in Chester, West Virginia and
graduated in 1960. I then attended Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
and received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
I entered the United States Navy in October 1964. I received my commission on
5 March 1965 at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. My first
duty station was at Commander Fleet Air in San Diego, California. In the fall
of 1966 I went to Pensacola, Florida to train as a Naval Flight Officer. I
received my wings in September 1967. I was assigned as a Radar Intercept
Officer in F-4B's and completed this training in April 1968. I was then
assigned to VF-142 at NAS Miramar, California. The squadron left for Vietnam
on 29 May 1968 on the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their thoughts and
prayers and also those who helped my family. It was a great source of
strength for me. Thanks so much from my family and me.
William Mayhew and his wife Amy reside in New Mexico.