VILLEPONTEAUX, JAMES HENDRE JR.

Name: James Hendre Villeponteaux Jr.
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O2
Unit: VMA 311 MAG 12
Date of Birth: 23 November 1940
Home City of Record: CORDESVILLE SC
Date of Loss: 11 May 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno:

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

REMARKS:

CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/6 YRS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

No further information available at this time.

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Library of Congress files:

Laos: Narrative and Biographic/Site Report
Country: Laos

Name: James H. Villeponteaux, Jr.

Subjects: Crash site; Salavan Province; Killed

Comments: Document includes photograph of James H. Villeponteaux, Jr.,
Narrative summary of incident, and JCRC Biographic/Site Report as of 10 Mar
1984. PFOD status assigned 11 May 1966

Reel: 132

Page: 1-4

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 66 05 11

Originator: JCRC

Category: Casualty files

Laos:Detailed report of investigation of case 0336 conducted during the 73RD
Joint Field Activity in the LAO People's Democratic Republic.
Country: Laos

Name: Villeponteaux, J.H.

Subjects: Salavan; Crash site

Comments: The team removed seven of the blades for part number analysis.

Reel: 508

Page: 149-158

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 02 06 19

Date of Information: 02 05 13

Document Number: 190832ZJUN02

Originator: JTF-FA

Category: MISC PW FILES

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1STLT JAMES HENDERSON VILLEPONTEAUX JR.

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First Lieutenant James Henderson Villeponteaux Jr. entered the U.S. Marine Corps from South Carolina and served in Marine Attack Squadron 311, Marine Air Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. On May 11, 1966, he was the pilot of a single-seat A-4E Skyraider (bureau number 151995) flying as one of two planes on a night reconnaissance mission over Laos. While circling the target area, 1st Lt Villeponteaux's aircraft collided with the other aircraft for unknown reasons. The other aircraft's pilot regained control and immediately attempted to make radio contact with 1st Lt Villeponteaux but was unsuccessful, and soon after saw a brilliant flash on the ground. The flight leader began searching for 1st Lt Villeponteaux's aircraft but was forced to return to base due to the severe damage to his own aircraft. An extensive search of the flight area was conducted the next day but was unsuccessful in locating the downed Skyraider or 1st Lt Villeponteaux, and further attempts to locate or identify his remains were unsuccessful. Today, First Lieutenant Villeponteaux is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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