MORRISSEY, RICHARD THOMAS
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
Other Personnel in Incident: James Bohlig, KIA/BNR
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
CACCF/CRASH/AIRCREW/10 YRS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS/QUANG TIN
No further information available at this time.
CAPT RICHARD THOMAS MORRISSEY
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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