PARISH, CHARLES CARROLL Name: Charles Carroll Parish Rank/Branch: 03/USN Unit: VF 102 Date of Birth: 7 February 1943 Home City of Record: Lexington, VA Date of Loss: 5 July 1968 Country of Loss: NVN Loss Coordinates: 184300 North 1054100 East Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4J Other Personnel in Incident: Fant, Robert (released); Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project and the P.O.W. NETWORK 27 March 1992 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: PROB DIED IN A/C WRECKAGE SYNOPSIS: After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1964, LCdr. Parish was ordered to flight training. This was completed 1 1/2 years later at which time he was ordered to a fighter squadron attached to the carrier, AMERICA, on which he went first to the Mediterranean and then to Vietnam, where he flew a number of missions. On July 5, 1968 his son was born. On July 25, 1968, his Phantom was shot down over North Vietnam and he was declared missing in action. Some months later the north Vietnamese revealed that the RO had been captured at the time of the incident and was a POW. Tragically, reports of Americans still held in captivity continue to flow into the U.S. intelligence community. Many officials who have seen these largely classified reports are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia, still prisoners of a war that most Americans would like to put behind them. Many fear the books are being closed on Americans who are alive. If so, what would they think of us for allowing it to happen? How many would serve the next time their country called them if they knew they could be abandoned?