MORELAND, WILLIAM DAVID
Name: William David Moreland
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: VMCJ 1 MAG 11
Date of Birth: 27 July 1941
Home City of Record: MONTEBELLO CA
Date of Loss: 16 January 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161200 North 1080800 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Other Personnel in Incident: PAUL GEE, PFOD
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
Was within sight of Da Nang, barely over water. The aircraft was
returning from a mission.
No further information available at this time.
MAJ WILLIAM DAVID MORELAND
On January 16, 1968, an EF-10B Skyknight (bureau number 125831,
call sign "Pigment 662") carrying two crew members was returning
to Da Nang Air Base from a combat support mission over North
Vietnam. When the aircraft was fifteen miles northwest of the
airfield, it disappeared for unknown reasons. The last
communication from the crew indicated they were over the coast
of South Vietnam and that Da Nang Air Field was within sight.
They said they were switching from radar control to tower
control, but made no further contact. An extensive search for
the missing Skyknight was conducted, but no sign of the crew or
the aircraft was ever found.
Captain William David Moreland, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps
from California, served with the Marine Composite Reconnaissance
Squadron 1, Marine Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the
pilot of the Skyknight when it disappeared, and his remains were
not recovered. After the incident, the Marine Corps promoted
Capt Moreland to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Moreland
is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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