Name: Richard Thomas Morrissey
Branch/Rank:  United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: VMFA 115 MAG 13
Date of Birth: 27 March 1939
Home City of Record: UNIONDALE NY
Date of Loss: 19 August 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 154334 North  1090100 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B
Other Personnel in Incident: James Bohlig, KIA/BNR
Refno: 1483

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



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On August 19, 1969, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 151012, call sign "Lovebug 515") with two crew members took off on a night bombing mission against enemy targets in South Vietnam. While returning from the mission, the crew reported they had not delivered their ordnance due to radar difficulties, and requested permission to drop the ordnance at sea. After being cleared to descend to a predesignated area to jettison the ordnance, "Lovebug 515" appeared to turn toward Chu Lai, South Vietnam, and then disappeared from radar in the vicinity of (GC) 49P BT 875 395. When radar tracking and radio contact could not be re-established, extensive aerial and sea searches were initiated, but were unable to locate the aircraft and crew.

Captain Richard Thomas Morrissey entered the U.S. Marine Corps from New York and was a member of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, Marine Air Group 13. He was the radar intercept officer aboard this Phantom when it went missing on August 19, 1969, and he was lost with the aircraft. He remains unaccounted-for. Today, Captain Morrissey is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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