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DOOLEY, JAMES EDWARD

Name: James Edward Dooley

Rank/Branch: Lieutenant (JG)/USN

Unit: Attack Squadron 163, USS ORISKANY (CVA 34)

Date of Birth: 14 November 1942 (Middlebury VT)

Home City of Record: Manchester Center VT

Date of Loss: 22 October 1967

Country of Loss: North Vietnam

Loss Coordinates: 205100N 1064000E (XH860893)

Status (in 1973): Missing In Action

Category: 5

Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E

Refno: 0872

Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of

the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence

with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.

NETWORK 1998.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: When Douglas Aircraft created the A4 Skyhawk the intent was to

provide the Navy and Marine Corps with an inexpensive, lightweight attack

and ground support aircraft. The design emphasized low-speed control and

stability during take-off and landing as well as strength enough for

catapult launch and carrier landings. The plane was so compact that it did

not need folding wings for aboardship storage and handling. In spite of its

diminutive size, the A4 packed a devastating punch and performed well where

speed and maneuverability were essential.

LTJG James E. Dooley was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 163 onboard the

USS ORISKANY. On October 22, 1967, Dooley was flying an A4E aircraft in the

second division of Attack Squadron 163. The aircraft was on a strike mission

over North Vietnam. The target was the Haiphong railroad yard.

It is believed that Dooley's aircraft hit anti-aircraft fire as he pulled

off the target. Witnesses observed his aircraft straight and level and

streaming fuel while heading eastward toward open water at approximately

6,000 feet. The aircraft then commenced a gradual descent heading toward the

water and crashed. The aircraft impacted in the water in a nose and wing

down attitude about one mile from land. A thorough search of the area was

conducted by the strike group but there was no evidence of a survivor. There

was no parachute seen, nor any radio transmissions from the target area to

the site of impact. The surrounding land area was densely populated and if

he had ejected he most certainly would have been captured immediately.

James E. Dooley was placed in a status of Missing in Action. After six

years, and following the end of the war, Dooley's status was changed to

Presumed Killed in Action because there was no evidence that he was alive.

Nearly 2500 Americans are missing in Southeast Asia. Unlike the MIAs from

other wars, most of these men can be accounted for. Tragically, thousands of

reports have been received, and continue to be received, that indicate

Americans are still captive in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Whether James Dooley survived the crash of his plane or died that day in

October 1967 is not known. What is apparent, however, is that someone knows

what happened to James Dooley. Someone knows what happened to the others who

disappeared. Even though men are alive and held captive, the U.S. has been

unable to secure their freedom. Even though American aircraft litter the

countryside of Vietnam, the U.S. has been unable to investigate these sites.

For those men and their families, the war is not over.