Name: Gary Leslie Shank
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Date of Birth: 16 March 1947
Home City of Record: PRAIRIE VILLAGE KS
Date of Loss: 23 July 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 203258 North  1063424 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7B #154531
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1903

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.  Updated 2018


On coast Thai Binh 25 miles South of Haiphong.



No further information available at this time.


Library of Congress files:

NVN: Biographic Site Report/Update for REFNO: 1903-1-01
Country: NVN

Name: Shank, Gary Leslie

Subjects: Grave site; Crash site; Thai Binh Province

Reel: 372

Page: 3-6

Type of Document: Automated Data Extract

Date of Report: 94 03 01

Date of Information: 72 07 23

Originator: JTFFA

Category: JTFFA Files

VM: Evaluation of RPT HK88-089
Country: VM

Name: Gary L. Shank

Subjects: Thai Binh Province; Aircraft downed; Crash site; Remains

Comments: REFNO 1903 Resolved Case

Reel: 350

Page: 18

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 90 03 07

Date of Information: 72 07 23

Document Number: 071812ZMar90

Originator: JCRC Barbers Pt

Category: JCRC Archival Files


Subject: Submission
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 16:53:55 +0000
From: William M. Killian <>
To: <>


On July 23, 1972, LTJG Gary L. Shank was flying an armed reconnaissance mission in a U.S. Navy
A-7B Corsair II (#154531), call sign Champion 414, over North Vietnam. LTJG Shank was the wingman

in a flight of two aircraft. When the flight arrived over the target, the flight leader made his attack and,
as he pulled out, notice anti-aircraft fire in the target area He observed a bright flash just below the
nose of Shank’s aircraft. Shank’s Corsair commenced a left descending turn and crashed in shallow
water. No parachute was seen nor were there any beeper signals heard. Search and rescue efforts
were started immediately, and electronic surveillance continued throughout the night. All efforts proved
unsuccessful. Because of hostile threats in the area, ground inspections of the crash site were not
possible. On July 17, 1984, Shank’s remains were returned to the U.S. by the Socialist Republic of
Viet Nam. His remains were positively identified on August 2, 1984. [Taken from] ds,


Submitted by William M. Killian