On Sept. 21, 1966, Navy Reserve Cmdr. James B. Mills, 26, of Bakersfield, California, a Naval Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), was assigned to Fighter Squadron Twenty One, aboard the, USS Coral Sea, flying in an F-4B in a flight of two aircraft on a night armed reconnaissance mission over then-North Vietnam. During the mission, the other aircraft lost contact with Mills’ aircraft, and his plane did not return to the ship. No missiles or anti-aircraft artillery were observed in the target area and no explosions were seen. An extensive search was conducted with negative results. Based on this information, Mills was declared missing in action. Between 1993 and 2003, the crash was investigated was investigated more than 15 times, with no success. A 2006 investigation led to a possible underwater crash site, which was confirmed to be Mills' aircraft in 2011. Over the next six years, numerous excavations were conducted of the underwater crash site. In June 2018, a final excavation was conducted, finding additional remains. On Aug. 20, 2018, Mills was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
8/21/2019 03:44:37 pm
Happy for this occasion to finally happen. SO many years and so much as come from this particular mans loss. Thank you League and thank you Ann Mills. So sorry we weren't there for this. Till they are home!
Jan M. Symmes
5/7/2020 03:06:38 pm
Cmdr. Mills has been 'my guy' since the day in 1975 when I put on the POW/MIA bracelet with his name on it . Early on, his family and I exchanged letters back and forth for a while. Even though our letters eventually tapered away, Cmdr. Mills and his family have continued to remained in my thoughts and prayers forever since.
4/20/2022 03:37:01 pm
Were observed in the target area and no explosions were seen. An extensive search was conducted with negative results. Thank you for sharing your great post!
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