MARSHALL, RICHARD CARLTON Name: Richard Carlton Marshall Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 30 December 1934 Home City of Record: Chicago IL Date of Loss: 05 September 1965 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 110655N 1065516E (YT098293) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1G Refno: 0137 Other Personnel In Incident: William J. LaGrand (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 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. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: CRASH EXPLODE - NO EJECT SEEN - J SYNOPSIS: The Douglas A1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly maneuverable, propeller driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft. The A1 was first used by the Air Force in its Tactical Air Command to equip the first Air Commando Group engaged in counterinsurgency operations in South Vietnam, and later used in a variety of roles, ranging from multi-seat electronic intelligence gathering to Navy antisubmarine warfare and rescue missions. Army Chief Warrant Officer William J. LaGrand was a passenger onboard an A1G aircraft which departed Bien Hoa on September 5, 1965. The pilot of the plane was Air Force Capt. Richard C. Marshall. The aircraft was seen to crash and no ejections were observed from the aircraft prior to impact. The area in which the aircraft went down was under hostile control at the time, and recovery and excavation attempts at the time were thwarted because of heavy enemy activity in the area and hostile presence. Both LaGrand and Marshall were declared killed in action. LaGrand and Marshall are among 2500 Americans still prisoner, missing, or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam. Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports have been received relating to America's missing in Southeast Asia. As reports have mounted, many authorities have concluded that hundreds of them are still alive, one must wonder if LaGrand and Marshall died that day or their ejection escaped notice and they survived to be captured. Whatever the fate of William LaGrand, and Richard Marshall, one can be certain that they would be proud to fly one more mission to help bring those who are alive to freedom.