Name: Murray Lamar Wortham
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O2
Unit:  480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 26 May 1943
Home City of Record: SAN AUGUSTINE TX
Date of Loss: 30 December 1967
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 170100 North  1055700 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C
Other Personnel in Incident: Smith Swords III, MIA
Refno: 0956

Official pre-capture photo

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


25 Miles SW of Bam Karai

1965 graduate of Texas A&M


No further information available at this time.



Dear Mary,
 Ask and Ye shall receive and Lo and Behold! I received Captain Wortham's  MIA bracelet today.
I am overcome, once again. And more so re-reading the letter his wife sent me in 1972. 
His daughter Melissa Lynn was born in 1967 October and Captain Worthham was MIA in
December of that year.  I have attached the letter in this emails.

Thank you so much for all you do.  Sincerely Yours, Karen.







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On December 30, 1967, an F-4C Phantom II (serial number 63-7658) carrying two crew members took part in a night strike mission over enemy targets in Laos. As the Phantom made a rocket run over the target, it was observed by the other aircraft on the mission to crash just past the rocket impact area. It exploded on impact, skipped off the ground, and traveled roughly 1,000 meters before impacting the ground again. The other aircraft on the mission circled the burning wreckage while looking for signs of survivors, but no ejections were observed and no rescue beeper signals were received. Search efforts were unable to recover either crew member following the loss.

First Lieutenant Murray Lamar Wortham, who entered the U.S. Air Force from Texas, served with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was the pilot of this Phantom when it crashed on December 30, 1967, and he was lost in the incident, and he remains unaccounted-for. While carried in the status of missing in action (MIA), the U.S. Air Force promoted 1st Lt Wortham to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Wortham is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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