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  • MIA braclet

    Posted on 6/27/15
    I wore CDR James Bauder MIA braclet in highschool. I keep it in my keepsake box. Grateful for his ultimate sacrifice! My brother, Bryan Daniel Shaha, served in Vietnam. Gratefully, he made it home! God Bless his family and God bless America!
  • Final Mission of CAPT James R. Bauder

    Posted on 9/14/14 - by
    CAPT James R. Bauder was a pilot assigned to Fighter Squadron 21 onboard the USS CORAL SEA (CVA 43). On September 21, 1966, Bauder and LTJG James B. Mills, the Naval Fighter Officer, launched with another F4B fighter jet from the USS CORAL SEA on a night armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Bauder was the flight leader of the flight. The assigned route was from Cua Can to Thach Luyen along a river adjacent to Highway 1A. Bauder briefed the mission for the two aircraft to penetrate the coast. The wingman, LT Hanley, was in a 4-5 mile radar trail. CAPT Bauder dropped his six flares at 3500 feet to illuminate the river for barges. His aircraft then executed a starboard turn to watch for flak and surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) as the wingman bombed targets of opportunity under the illumination of the flares. The wingman was then to proceed straight ahead off the target for 45 seconds and drop his flares. Bauder and Mills would follow him north in a 4-5 mile radar trail with the intention of bombing targets illuminated by the second series of flares. The wingman attempted to contact Bauder by radio, but was unsucessful. He then checked with the USS CHICAGO and the E2A air control aircraft to see if they had radar contact with the leader's aircraft, but they did not. At no time were any flak or SAM firings observed by the crew of the wing aircraft. Neither crew member observed any explosions in the air or on the ground. No signals were detected from the emergency radios carried by both Bauder and Mills. An extensive search was conducted in the area during the night and early morning with negative results. Bauder and Mills and their aircraft disappeared. The two were placed in a Missing In Action category. When 591 Americans were released in 1973, Bauder and Mills were not among them. [Narrative taken from; image from]
  • CDR James Bauder

    Posted on 5/24/14
    I have been wearing his bracelet for the last 46 Memorial Days . Wish I had a address so I could send it to a relative and tell them he is not forgotten.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/19/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain James Reginald Bauder, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Salute to a Fellow Veteran

    Posted on 3/30/12 - by Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng
    You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.

The Wall of Faces

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