Accounted for

Name: William Marshall Roark
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Date of Birth: 23 October 1938
Home City of Record: BELLEVUE NE
Date of Loss: 07 April 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 173759 North  1063158 East
Status (in 1973): Presumed Dead
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C #148317
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0071

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


Some reports state: REMAINS NOT RETURNED AS REPORTED 03/18/77


Roark is listed as remains returned by the DoD 1996 list.

No further information available at this time.



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On March 31, 1977, the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii (CILHI, now DPAA) identified the remains of Lieutenant William Marshall Roark, missing from the Vietnam War.

Lieutenant Roark entered the U.S. Navy from Nebraska and was a member of Attack Squadron 153. On April 7, 1965, he piloted an A-4C Skyhawk (bureau number 148317, call sign "Power House") that launched from the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. During its second attack on an enemy anti-aircraft position, the Skyhawk was shot down and crashed off the coast of Dong Hoi; LT Roark ejected prior to the crash, but was killed by enemy fire while parachuting to the sea. It was not possible to recover his body at the time of his loss, but the Vietnamese government eventually repatriated human remains that U.S. analysts were able to identify as those of LT Roark.

Lieutenant Roark is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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