JAMES W GATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 89 OF THE WALL

JAMES WAYNE GATES

WALL NAME

JAMES W GATES

PANEL / LINE

6E/89

DATE OF BIRTH

12/30/1933

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/06/1966

HOME OF RECORD

MER ROUGE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Morehouse Parish

STATE

LA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

LTC

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES WAYNE GATES
POSTED ON 9.9.2019
POSTED BY: Bobby Hodge

REMEMBERING A FRIEND

James Wayne's Bro-In-Law just passed and I attended services. I spoke to his nephews about him and his family in Italy. They knew little about his family, but if any of them or his military friends read this, please know let me know. James Wayne and I grew up together. We hunted & fished and played sports, did all the things young boys do. He was very outgoing, personality plus, and very smart. His was not an ordinary childhood, his mother died in an accident, when he was a baby. He was raised by his sister, who lived in Mer Rouge, Louisiana. He would spend summers at another sister who lived near me. I followed his military career, until his plane was shot down and have always expected that some day I would hear about him being found alive. He was the kind of guy who could do it. Even now I would not be totally surprised to learn he survived. Would love to talk to any family or friends and trade "Gabby" stories. I am 85 yrs. old, 6 mo. younger James Wayne and I just discovered this forum.
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POSTED ON 4.6.2019
POSTED BY: John Braun

In Honor

Gabby, You are remembered. BNR, still.
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POSTED ON 11.18.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear LTC James Gates,
Thank you for your service as a Fixed Wing Aviation Unit Commander (Pilot.) I did the research on your 41st anniversary. Sad. You are still are still MIA. PLEASE COME HOME. Happy Thanksgiving. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. BE AT PEACE.
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POSTED ON 4.6.2018
POSTED BY: John Braun

In Honor

CPT Gates, You are remembered and honored. The Pilot of OV-1A 63-13117 on that ill-fated flight.
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POSTED ON 4.5.2016

War my POW bracelet everyday

I was given two POW bracelets by my mother, as she had one as a teenager. I am extremely interested in the history of Vietnam, and this was something she thought I should have. I was given James W. Gates and his flying partner John W. Lafayette. I will wear these proudly tomorrow on the 50th anniversary. RIP James and John.
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