Reed, James William, Maj Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115F-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Last Unit
1970-1970, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Service Years
- 1970
Major

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1943
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Cambridge
Last Address
Cambridge

Casualty Date
Jul 24, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Guernsey Memory Gardens - Cambridge, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08W 049

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 Unit Assignments
7th Air Force8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack555th Tactical Fighter SquadronUnited States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1970-1970, 7th Air Force
  1970-1970, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1970-1970, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1970-1970, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1970-1970, F-4 Phantom
 Combat and Operations History
  1970-1970 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Capt. James W. "Bill" Reed was a pilot assigned to the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon Airfield, Thailand. On July 24, 1970, he and his navigator, 1Lt. Donald B. Bloodworth were assigned an operational mission of Laos in their F4D Phantom fighter/bomber.

Their mission that day took them over the Plaine des Jarres (Plain of Jars) region of northern Laos in Xiangkhoang Province. As the aircraft was making a strafing pass over a communist truck convoy, it took enemy fire. The crew of a C123 observed the Phantom crash after it had made its pass over the target, but no one saw parachutes before seeing a huge explosion, and no recognizable aircraft parts were found. No emergency radio beeper signals were heard. Nevertheless, there remained the possibility that the men saftely ejected.

James W. Reed was promoted to the rank of Major during the period Donald Bloodworth and he were maintained missing."




Major Reed's status was changed to KIA in 1986 when a piece of dental plate was found at the crash site in Laos. (Source: http://boards.ancestry.com) A memorial service was held for him on May 24, 1998. Source: Congressional Record - May 18, 1998, The House of Representatives - Hon. Robert W. Ney - Honoring Major James William Reed - http://thomas.loc.gov. Donald Bloodworth was found and returned to his family.
   
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