Name: James L. McCarty
Rank/Branch: USAF, O2
Unit: 433rd TFS
Date of Birth: 24 April 26
Home City of Record: McClean, TX
Date of Loss: 24 June 72
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 205259N 1050757E
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D

Other Personnel In Incident: Charles A. Jackson (released, Homecoming '73)

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 June 24, 1972, First Lieutenant McCarty and Capt. Charles A. Jackson were
the crew of an F-4D which was engaged by six MIGs over Nghia Lo Province and
shot down by an air to air missile.  Capt. Jackson was captured on the
ground.  The second aircraft in their flight with another two man crew,
Grant and Beekman, was also attacked by MIGs and shot down over Vinh Phu
Province.  The crews of both aircraft were declared missing in action.

There were conflicting reports of contact with the crew of this
aircraft. It was later concluded that the reference to contact with
those in incident 1882 was incorrect and in fact referred to
contact on the ground with the aircrew of those in incident 1881.
First Lieutenant Jackson was captured, taught English to Vietnamese
prison system cadre in late 1972, and upon his release from
captivity during Operation Homecoming stated he did not believe
that Lieutenant McCarty had survived on the ground.

Following the shoot down, a People's Army of Vietnam unit radioed
that its MIG-21 aircraft had downed two aircraft.  U.S. intelligence
analysts later concluded that this report correctly pertained to the shoot
down of those involved in incident 1882 on June 24th and the two crewmen
from case 1882 also shot down on June 24th and captured on June 25th.  On
June 29, 1972, the Vietnam News Agency reported Capt. Jackson had been
captured alive in Nghia Lo Province.

Lt. McCarty was not confirmed alive in captivity.  After Operation
Homecoming he was declared killed in action, body not recovered.

In December 1990, a joint U.S./Vietnamese team conducted a search of the
crash site and recovered a data plate confirmed to be from one of the F-4D's
jet engines associated with this loss incident. In the spring of 1991, a
U.S. resident turned over a bone fragment and dog tag type information said
to come from a resident of Vietnam and pertaining to three purported MIAs
said to be associated with an incident on Dong Dang District, Cao Bang
Province, an area bordering the People's Republic of China.  One of the
names was James L. McCarty.  A July 5, 1991 DIA analysis concluded the
report was not true and "...part of a Vietnamese government managed
intelligence operation..."

In November 1991, a joint U.S./Vietnamese investigation gained access to an
apparent archival document describing the shoot down of a U.S. aircraft by
the People's Air Force on June 24, 1972 in Phu Yen District, Nghia Lo
Province.  Charles Allen Jackson was identified by name as captured and
partial body parts were also found.  Material evidence of the air loss was
recovered and turned over to Nghia Lo Province military.  Capt. Jackson
escaped from custody that night in 1972 but was recaptured in the morning.




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On June 11, 1997, Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA, now DPAA) identified the remains of Captain James Lon McCarty, missing from the Vietnam War.

Captain McCarty joined the U.S. Air Force from Texas and was a member of the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On June 24, 1972, he was the pilot of an F-4D Phantom II (serial number 66-7636) that was shot down by enemy aircraft during a mission over Vietnam. Captain McCarty was killed in the incident, and enemy presence in the area prevented search and rescue efforts at the time. In 1990, Capt McCarty's remains were recovered by U.S. authorities; however, they could not be immediately identified. In 1997, advances in forensic technology allows investigators to identify the remains as those of Capt McCarty.

Captain McCarty is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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