PARRA, LIONEL JR.
Name: Lionel Parra Jr.
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: VMJ 1 MAG 11
Date of Birth: 12 April 1938
Home City of Record: SACRAMENTO CA
Date of Loss: 17 July 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164300 North 1071200 East
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EF10B #125793
Other Personnel in Incident: Cross, Ariel (still missing)
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
No further information available at this time.
On July 17, 1968, an EF-10B Skyknight (tail number 12-5793, call
sign "Pigment 69") with a crew of two took off from Da Nang
Airbase, South Vietnam on an electronic countermeasures mission.
The aircraft’s assignment called for a constant orbit from (GC)
YD 345 494 to Grid Coordinates XD 306 395. The Skyknight was
between Phu Bai and Dong Ha, South Vietnam, when its crew made a
radio call to the aircraft they were relieving, "Pigment 68,"
stating that they were en route. Ten minutes later, "Pigment 68"
attempted to reestablish radio contact with "Pigment 69" but was
unable to do so. "Pigment 69" failed to arrive at the mission
location, and was not seen again. Search efforts failed to
locate the aircraft or its crew.
Captain Lionel Parra Jr., who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from
California, was a member of Marine Composite Squadron 1, Marine
Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the airborne
electronics operator aboard the Skyknight when it went missing,
and he remains unaccounted for. After the incident, the Marine
Corps promoted Capt Parra to the rank of Major (Maj). Today,
Major Parra is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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