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 9.20.2015

Final Mission of CAPT James W. Gates

On April 6, 1966 a section of OV-1 Mohawk aircraft departed Hue/Phu Bai on a reconnaissance mission in Laos. The two aircraft were assigned to the 20th Air Surveillance and Targeting Detachment (20th ASTA) and were crewed by pilot CAPT Harry Duensing and observer SP4 Larry Johnson (OV-1A tail number 63-13116), and pilot CAPT James W. Gates and observer CAPT John W. Lafayette (OV-1A tail number 63-13117). In the spring of 1966 the 20th ASTA was under the direct operational control of MAC-V Headquarters, and MAC-V was represented. Although the other three men were assigned to the 20th ASTA, CAPT Lafayette was assigned to the Operations Directorate (J-3), MAC-V Headquarters. The two aircraft, with Duensing as lead, proceeded west toward Laos, checking in with "HILLSBOROUGH", the Air Force airborne command post aircraft, enroute. HILLSBOROUGH matched the Mohawks with two Forward Air Controllers who would help work the recon mission. Shortly before 5 PM, HILLSBOROUGH received Mayday calls from both Mohawks--CAPT Duensing had been downed by antiaircraft fire, and when CAPT Gates took position overhead the downed Mohawk he too was hit. Search and rescue efforts began at once, and by 5:30 PM the FACs had located both crash sites and established radio contact with all four air crewmen. They were about a kilometer apart on the lower slopes of a hill some 9 kilometers inside Laos. At approximately 6:15 PM, CAPT Lafayette radioed that enemy troops were closing in on him and Gates and they were in imminent danger of capture. Shortly thereafter radio contact was lost. While Gates and Lafayette could not be rescued, the two crewmen from 63-13116 were picked up by an Air Force SAR helicopter. Gates and Lafayette were classed as Missing in Action and were continued in that status until the Secretary of the Army approved Presumptive Findings of Death for them, Lafayette on November 15, 1973 and Gates on October 28, 1977. Their remains have not been repatriated. [Taken from macvsog.cc]
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POSTED ON 9.15.2014
POSTED BY: Debra L Elliott

With Love and Respect

I paid $1.00 for my M.I.A. bracelet in 1972, I still wear it. Over the years I was able to correspond with his sister and became very close to her. My family and I will never forget the sacrifice he made for our country and us. We love you Sir and we always will.
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POSTED ON 7.20.2014
POSTED BY: Euna Rugg

Great Guy

James was a patriot who loved his country. A person who was a friend to everyone he met. Ready to help in any capacity if needed, and was happy
to serve our country.
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POSTED ON 12.18.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTC James Wayne Gates, 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
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POSTED ON 3.17.2012
POSTED BY: Billy M. Brown

Honoring Louisiana Veterans Who Lost Their Lives in Vietnam.

May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
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