Name: Everett A. McPherson
Rank/Branch: USMC, O2
Unit: VMCJ 1 MAG 11
Date of Birth: 18 December 42
Home City of Record: Norfolk, VA
Date of Loss: 18 March 66
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 191958N 1050959E
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: EF-110B

Other Personnel In Incident: Brent E. Davis

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." 2020

On March 18, 1966, First Lieutenants McPherson and Davis were the
crew on board an EF-10B, one in a flight of two aircraft on an
electronic counter-measures mission in support of an air strike
approximately 10 miles west of Thanh Hoa City, Thanh Hoa Province.
Their flight received 85mm anti-aircraft fire during the mission.
There was an explosion in their aircraft while at an altitude of
26,000 feet and over neighboring Nghe An Province.  They were
believed to have been hit and downed by enemy surface to air
missile.  A SAR mission over the area produced negative results.

Both airmen were initially declared missing in action.  Returning
U.S. POWs had no information on their fate.  Both airmen were
initially declared dead/body not recovered, based on a presumptive
finding of death.

In December 1988, Vietnamese officials acknowledge having knowledge
of their loss incident.




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On March 18, 1966, an EF-10B Skyknight (bureau number 127041, call sign "Riverboat 02") carrying two crew members took off as wingman and one of two aircraft providing electronic countermeasure (ECM) support for a strike mission near Tanh Hoa, North Vietnam. During the mission, the flight's leader witnessed an unexplained explosion in this Skyknight while flying over the vicinity of (GC) 48Q 175 375, and radio contact with its crew was lost. Search and rescue efforts did not locate any wreckage or the missing crew members at the time. Following the war, the remains of one crew member were recovered, but the pilot remains missing.

First Lieutenant Everett Alvin McPherson entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Virginia and served in Marine Composite Reconnaissance Squadron 1, Marine Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the pilot of the Skyknight and his remains have not been recovered. Following the incident, the Marine Corps promoted 1stLt McPherson to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major McPherson is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.

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