Name: Morris Larosco McDaniel, Jr.
Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 04 April 1929 (Eastman GA)
Home City of Record: Ft. Valley GA
Date of Loss: 04 October 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212000N 1051000E (WJ211812)
Status (In 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105F

Other Personnel in Incident: William A. Lillund (missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project  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.


SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief (or "Thud") performed yoeman service on many
diversified missions in Southeast Asia. F105s flew more combat missions over
North Vietnam than any other USAF aircraft and consequently suffered the
heaviest losses in action. They dropped bombs by day and occasionally by
night from high or low altitude and some later versions (F105D in Wild
Weasel guise) attacked SAM sites with their radar tracking air-to-ground
missiles. This versatile aircraft was also credited with downing 25 Russian

Maj. Morris L. McDaniel had flown nearly 100 combat missions when he and
Capt. William A. Lillund were sent on a bombing mission into North Vietnam.
McDaniel was looking forward to returning home to his wife and three

McDaniel and Lillund were flying an F105F "Wild Weasel" toward a target area
northwest of Hanoi. His last contact with American forces was when he made a
pre-strike refueling shortly before reaching the target area. His last known
location was approximately 10 miles northwest of the city of Phu Tho in Vinh
Phu Province, North Vietnam.

In 1973, 591 other American prisoners of war from North Vietnam. McDaniel
and Lillund were not among them. There were hundreds of men who were known
or suspected to be prisoners who were not released.

When American involvement ended in Vietnam, nearly 2500 Americans remained
prisoner, missing and unaccounted for. Unlike MIAs from other wars, the
large majority of these men can be accounted for. Further, the U.S.
Government has received over 10,000 sighting reports related to these
missing Americans. Many officials believe that Americans are still held in
captivity, yet we seem unable to achieve their freedom.

Morris L. McDaniel, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Colonel and William A.
Lillund to the rank of Major during the period they were maintained Missing
in Action.




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On October 4, 1967, an F-105 Thunderchief (tail number 63-8346, call sign "Splendid") carrying two crew members departed Korat Air Base, Thailand, on a night low-level strike mission over enemy targets in North Vietnam. The last known contact with the aircraft occurred just after it refueled over northern Thailand and headed towards its target, and it was not seen again. When the aircraft failed to return to base on schedule, electronic search efforts were conducted. The next day, search and rescue teams flew over the Thunderchief's flight path but failed to locate a crash site or either of the crew members.

Major Morris Larosco McDaniel Jr., who joined the U.S. Air Force from Georgia, served with the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was the pilot of the Thunderchief when it disappeared, and his remains were not recovered. After the incident, the Air Force promoted Maj McDaniel to the rank of Colonel (Col). Today, Colonel McDaniel is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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