Name: Augusto Maria Xavier
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O2
Unit: VMA 311 MAG 12
Date of Birth: 26  May 1941
Home City of Record: SAN JOSE CA
Date of Loss: 10 March 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 160517 North 1072303 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0269

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


A SHAU Special Forces Camp


No further information available at this time.


Library of Congress files:

Country: RVN


Subjects: Crash site; Aircraft downed; A SHAU VALLEY; Killed

Reel: 181

Page: 27-30

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 66 03 00

Originator: DOD

Category: Casualty files

Laos: Detailed report of the trilateral investigation of Vietnam case 0269
conducted during the 73RD Joint Field Activity in the LAO People's
Democratic Republic.
Country: Laos

Name: Xavier, A.M.

Subjects: Xekong; Aircraft downed

Comments: Witness two willingly provided information concerning multiple
crash sites.

Reel: 508

Page: 140-148

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 02 06 19

Date of Information: 02 04 29

Document Number: 190822ZJUN02





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First Lieutenant Augusto Maria Xavier entered the U.S. Marine Corps from California and served in Marine Attack Squadron 311, Marine Air Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. On March 10, 1966, he was piloting a single-seat A-4C Skyhawk (bureau number 148518) as one of two aircraft on a close air support mission over a special forces camp in the A Shau Valley, which was under attack and in danger of being overrun. The target area was obscured by heavy cloud cover, and 1stLt Xavier descended below the clouds for an attack run when the other pilot on the mission saw a bright orange flash through the clouds. There was no further contact with 1stLt Xavier, and he was not seen again. Search and rescue efforts failed to locate a crash site, and subsequent attempts to locate 1stLt Xavier or his remains were unsuccessful. Today, First Lieutenant Xavier is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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