Name: Robert Clarence Marvin
Rank/Branch: Lieutenant USN
Unit: The Hancock
Date of Birth: 10 December 1940
Home City of Record: Dexter MI
Loss Date: 14 February 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam, Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 181058N 1065500E
Status (in 1973): Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H
Refno: 0594

Source: Compiled 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 in 2020.

Other Personnel In Incident:


SYNOPSIS: Bob Marvin won a Navy scholarship and attended the University
of Michigan.  He left his family in California following his flight
training and went to Vietnam.  He flew 111 missions from the Kitty
Hawk before going on the carrier Hancock.

On February 14, 1967, Marvin flew an A1H from the Hancock on a
mission.  His plane developed trouble shortly after takeoff.  He and
his wingman turned to return to the carrier, but Bob's engine stalled
and cut off all electrical power, so no radio messages were received
from him.  His wingman tried to set a glide path to conform to the
powerless glide Marvin's plane would be in, but never caught sight of
Marvin's plane.  The day was overcast.  The Navy searched the area for
two days but did not find any debris or sign of Marvin or his plane.

Whether Marvin is one of the hundreds of Americans evidence now
indicates are still in captivity in Southeast Asia is not known. What
is certain, however, is that these captives deserve our best efforts
to bring them home.  They deserve no less.




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Lieutenant Robert Clarence Marvin, who joined the U.S. Navy from Michigan, served with Attack Squadron 115 embarked aboard the USS Hancock (CVA 19). On  February 14, 1967, LT Marvin piloted a single-seat A1-H Skyraider (bureau number 139805, call sign "Arab 511") that launched from the Hancock on a combat mission over North Vietnam. Ten minutes later, he radioed that he was losing oil pressure and would return to the ship; however, he soon radioed that he had lost all oil pressure and would ditch the aircraft at sea. This was the last communication from LT Marvin, and he was not seen or heard from again. He remains unaccounted-for. Today, Lieutenant Marvin 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 Non-recoverable.

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