Mascari, Phillip Louis, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1144E-Forward Air Controller
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1144E, 504th Tactical Air Support Group
Service Years
1967 - 1969
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SMSgt R. Hensel (Bob / Ole Buck) to remember Mascari, Phillip Louis (Phil), Maj.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 02, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
26W 100

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, Officers Training School (OTS) (Lackland AFB, TX)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron504th  Tactical Air Support Group
  1969-1969, 1144E, 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1969-1969, 1144E, 504th Tactical Air Support Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1969 Vietnam War
  1965-1968 Operation Steel Tiger
 Colleges Attended 
Rutgers University
  1963-1967, Rutgers University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-38 Talon  F-4 Phantom  O-2 Skymaster  
  1967-1968, T-38 Talon
  1968-1969, F-4 Phantom
  1969-1969, O-2 Skymaster1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

   On May 2, 1969, then 1Lt. Phillip Louis Mascari was the pilot of an O-2A, call sign "Nail 110" on a Forward Air Control (FAC) mission.  The mission identifier was Steel Tiger.  He departed Ubon Airfield, Thailand, on his 33rd mission at 1200 hours and proceeded to Sector 5 of Steel Tiger.  At the conclusion of this mission, he was to return to Ubon.  
   The last radio contact with 1Lt. Mascari was at 1455 hours.  At that time their was no indication of any trouble.  He was due to make radio contact again at 1600 hours, but it was not made.  No undue concern was felt when Phillip Mascari failed to report in as scheduled because radio contact was frequently lost when aircraft were flying low in mountains.

   When the Command and Control Center suspected Nail 110 might be in trouble, extensive visual and electronic search and rescue (SAR) efforts were immediately initiated.  During the search, no trace of the aircraft or its pilot was found.  No ground search was possible because of the lack of knowledge of a specific loss location.  By 1800 hours, when the fuel in the aircraft would have been exhausted, Phillip Mascari was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Sal and Jeanne Mascari believe their son could still be alive.  In 1970 they traveled to Paris to try and meet with the North Vietnamese.  In 1973 and again in 1975, Sal Mascari traveled to Laos to see what he could learn about his son.  What he saw on his second trip disheartened him.  Sal Mascari was able to travel to within 15 miles of the spot his son was lost, in dense, triple-canopy jungle.  But traveling to a Lao village with Phils potograph, two natives identified the picture.  One claimed to have buried Phil, another said he had taken his boots.  Sal mascari didn't know what to believe.

Over the years, the Mascari's accepted the fact that their son was dead and , although their is a marker in Arlington National Cemetary, they believe his grave is somewhere in the dense jungles of Laos.



   He loved music and everyone he met.  We had memorial services for him at St. Aloyisius Church in Caldwell N.J.  They had a parade and planted a tree in memory of him at Caldwell College, and one in front of the police building.  They named a street Mascari Lane and all of Caldwell adopted him.   One thing I know, he died doing what he loved, flying.
Mrs. Jeanne Mascari

Subject:...... I Knew Jeanne & Sal

I knew Jeanne and Sal Mascari. They lived near me for years.  They were a loving couple. They devoted decades to seeking information on Philip.

I attended Phillip's Memorial Mass in Caldwell, NJ. Most of the town attended his Mass.

The POW / MIA  Flag flies on the flag poll on the Green in the center of the town of Caldwell New Jersey in Philip L Mascari's honor.
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