MORIN, RICHARD GIRARD
Name: Richard Girard Morin
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O2
Unit: VMFA 314 MAG 13
Date of Birth: 08 July 1944
Home City of Record: TWEKSBURY MA
Date of Loss: 20 December 1968
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 163513 North 1061308 East
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel in Incident: Robert Kent, MIA
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. Updated 2020
No further information available at this time.
CAPT RICHARD GIRARD MORIN
On December 20, 1968, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 149411)
with two crew members took part in a two-aircraft night combat
mission against enemy targets in Laos. In the target area, this
Phantom's pilot radioed that he was commencing his run over the
target. His wingman and the crew of the forward air controller (FAC)
aircraft observed the Phantom's ordnance impact the target,
followed by a large secondary explosion on the ground nearby.
There was no further radio contact with this Phantom. The
wingman dropped his own ordnance on the target and attempted to
re-establish contact, but was unsuccessful. The Phantom and its
two crew members failed to return to base, and were not seen
First Lieutenant Richard Girard Morin, who entered the U.S.
Marine Corps from Massachusetts, served with Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron 314, Marine Air Group 13, and was the radar
intercept officer on this Phantom at the time of its loss and
remains unaccounted for. Subsequent to the incident, and while
carried in the status of missing in action (MIA), the U.S.
Marine Corps promoted First Lieutenant Morin to the rank of
Captain (Capt). Today, Captain Morin is memorialized on the
Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the
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