Name: Joseph Vaughn Murray
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Date of Birth: 29 October 1941
Home City of Record: CHILLICOTHE MO
Date of Loss: 18 February 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 205358 North  1043157 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A #151797
Other Personnel in Incident: Thomas Schroeffel,  KIA/BNR
Refno: 0254

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 February 18, 1966, an A-6A Intruder (bureau number 151797) carrying two crew members took off from the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) as part of a three-plane armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. After making a bombing run, the Intruder crashed for unknown reasons and just beyond the target area. Witnesses in other aircraft observed no parachutes emerge from the Intruder before it went down, and an aerial sweep saw no signs of survivors at the crash site. The active enemy presence in the area prevented ground searches, and the Intruderís two crew members were not found at the time nor their remains recovered following the incident.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Joseph Vaughn Murray, who joined the U.S. Navy from Missouri, was a member of Attack Squadron 85 embarked aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). He was the pilot of the Intruder when it went down on February 18, 1966, and was not seen or heard from again following the incident. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Murray is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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