Name: James Lee Paul
Rank/Branch: W1/US Army
Unit: Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 13 October 1948 (Detroit MI)
Home City of Record: Riverview MI
Date of Loss: 05 February 1971
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164031N 1064457E (XD865443)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: AH1G
Refno: 1699
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.


SYNOPSIS: WO1 James L. Paul, co-pilot,and WO1 Carl M. Wood, pilot, were
flying a Cobra gunship (tail #66-15340) on an extraction mission on February
5, 1971, in the general vicinity of Khe Sanh, Military Region 1, South

Shortly after the start of the extraction, WO1 Paul's aircraft entered a
heavy cloud cover which forced the pilot to go on instruments to climb out
of the weather. It was during the climb that the Cobra impacted a
mountainside and exploded. Aircraft accompanying the Cobra immediately began
a visual reconnaissance of the area and sighted the crash.

Ground search teams were inserted and a 50 meter area surrounding the crash
was searched. The search indicated there had been a violent explosion upon
impact. WO1 Wood's remains were recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft.
Weather delayed further search until February 10, 1971, during which a
baseball cap containing Paul`s name, a watch, part of a ring and map and a
chinstrap were found 1 meter from the wreckage. The team also discovered an
unidentifiable hand under the wreckage. Search was discontinued, and from
all indications, it was determined that Paul was dead.

WO1 Paul is listed among the missing because his remains were never found.
For his family, his fate seems clear. For others missing, conclusions cannot
be so easily drawn. Many were known to have been prisoner of war, or last
seen alive. Others disappeared without a trace.

Since the war ended, thousands of reports have been received relating to
Americans missing in Southeast Asia, and many authorities believe there are
hundreds still alive in captivity. While Paul may not be one of them, one
can imagine him willingly flying one more mission to bring them to freedom.