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  • Wall Name:JAMES F WORTH
  • Date of Birth:12/11/1951
  • Date of Casualty:4/1/1972
  • Home of Record:HILLSIDE
  • County of Record:PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
  • State:MD
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Row: 2W, 127
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


  • Wall Name:JOHN W FRINK
  • Date of Birth:10/7/1951
  • Date of Casualty:4/2/1972
  • Home of Record:ALBUQUERQUE
  • County of Record:BERNALILLO COUNTY
  • State:NM
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:WO
  • Panel/Row: 2W, 127
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


is honored on Panel 2W, Row 127 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Book

    Posted on 2/9/17 - by Stephan Talty
    I'm an author working on a book about the famous Bat 21 rescue mission. For it, I'd very much like to talk to anyone who knew Col. Bolte. You can reach me at

    Stephan Talty
  • Final Mission of MAJ Wayne L. Bolte

    Posted on 5/16/16 - by
    On April 2, 1972, the Easter Offensive, the largest combined arms operation of the entire Vietnam War, was in its third day. An early morning flight of two United States Air Force EB-66 aircraft were flying pathfinder escort for a cell of three B-52s. Their call signs were Bat 20 and Bat 21. Bat 21 was configured to gather signals intelligence, including identifying North Vietnamese anti-aircraft radar installations to enable jamming. Bat 21, an EB-66C serial number 54-0466, flew over Quang Tr? Province, RVN, just south of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam. The airmen were surprised by the intensity of the anti-aircraft fire and SAM activity. The NVA 365th Air Defense Division fired two volleys of SA-2 surface-to-air missile at the U.S. planes, but the EB-66s successfully thwarted the first volley. The NVA pointed their Fan Song radar at the B-52s, targeting them unsuccessfully with radar guided anti-aircraft fire. When those missed, the NVA fired two more SAMs optically at Bat 21, only turning on the guidance and radar system after the missiles were launched, which delayed the targeted aircraft's ability to detect and avoid them. When the aircraft crew spotted the missiles, the pilot assumed they had as usual been fired from north of the DMZ. He began a SAM break to the south, away from the direction he assumed the missiles had been fired. One of the electronic warfare officers (EWO) called "Negative! Negative!", and the pilot flipped the plane over on its other wing. This time the pilot was unable to evade the missiles. The first missile exploded immediately beneath the aircraft striking it at 29,000 feet. LTC Iceal Hambleton, whose call sign was Bat 21 Bravo, was positioned immediately behind the pilot, who gave the signal for everyone to eject. Hambleton pulled the ejection seat handles and had a moment to make eye contact with the pilot as his seat rocketed out of the dying plane. A moment later, the aircraft was struck by a second SA-2 and exploded. The remainder of the aircraft's six-man crew—pilot MAJ Wayne L. Bolte, co-pilot 1LT Robin F. Gatwood, and EWOs LTC Anthony R. Giannangeli, LTC Charles A. Levis, and MAJ Henry M. Serex—were unable to eject and were listed as missing in action. Their remains were never found. Hambleton parachuted behind the front lines into a battlefield filled with thousands of North Vietnamese Army soldiers. The attempt to rescue him began the largest, longest, and most complex search-and-rescue operation during the Vietnam War. [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/3/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Colonel Wayne Louis Bolte, 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 3/28/13 - by Jim and Tom Reece, and Rosa King

    You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.

  • Thank you For everything

    Posted on 11/15/10 - by Kyle Snyder
    I know you dont know me, or many others here do. however im Kyle Snyder and i am thankful you gave the last full measure of devotion so that my friends, family, and i can do what we do today
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