James M. McGarvey, Vietnam War CasualtyPorter County Data on Vietnam War Casualties . . . .

James Maurice McGarvey
Lieutenant Colonel, Pilot VMA (A W), A-6 (USMC)
Date of Birth: August 21, 1933
Date of Death: April 22, 1974
Cause of Death: Aircraft Loss, died while missing
Hometown: Valparaiso
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Panel 18 East, Row 42

Newspaper Notices:

Lost In Combat

Maj. James M. McGarvey, USMC, Air Force, son of Mrs. James J. McGarvey, 204 Indiana, was reported missing-in-action in North Vietnam in a telegram received Tuesday from Marine Commandant Gen. Wallace Green, Jr., from Washington, D. C.

The telegram said the 1954 VHS graduate was the pilot of one of the planes which left Dnang in Vietnam Monday. Crew members from other planes on the mission later reported seeing a brilliant orange flame coming from the direction of McGarvey's plane in the run over the target, then lost all radio contact with the plane.

Further report is expected by Mrs. McGarvey from USMC headquarters in Washington.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; April 19, 1967; Volume 40, Number 244, Page 1, Column 4

Over a Cup of Coffee

ACCORDING TO THE May 29 issue of the Navy Times, a Valparaiso native, former Marine Lt. Col. James M. McGarvey, now is officially considered as being killed in action after having been listed as missing in action for seven years. Investigations have turned up no evidence that he is still alive, the report stated.

James, the son of the late local Atty. James McGarvey and Mrs. McGarvey, was piloting the lead A6 Intruder on a night mission near Vinh, North Vietnam, on April 17, 1967, when a wingman saw a brilliant orange flash where McGarvey's jet should have been, the Times stated.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; June 15, 1974; Volume 47, Number 292, Page 1, Column 1

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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