JAMES P GAULEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 14E, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

JAMES PAUL GAULEY

WALL NAME

JAMES P GAULEY

PANEL / LINE

14E/5

DATE OF BIRTH

03/22/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/10/1967

HOME OF RECORD

RINGWOOD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Major County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

Book a time
Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES PAUL GAULEY
POSTED ON 11.19.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt James Gauley,
Thank you for your service as a tactical aircraft pilot. You 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 12.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain James Paul Gauley, 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 12.18.2012
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James has a marker in his memory at St Marys Cemetery, Ardmore,OK.

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POSTED ON 10.25.2011
POSTED BY: Ike Gauley

Paul's Stats and incident report

GAULEY, JAMES PAUL

Name: James Paul Gauley
RankBranch: O3US Air Force
Unit: 288th Tactical Fighter Wing
Date of Birth: 22 March 1939
Home City of Record: Ringwood OK
Date of Loss: 10 January 1967
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 190858N 1034058E (UG608182)
Status (in 1973): KilledBody Not Recovered
Category: 3
AircraftVehicleGround: F105D
Refno: 0561
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POWMIA families, published sources, interviews.
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: In violation of, yet somewhat protected by, the neutrality of Laos
accorded at Geneva in a 14-nation protocol conference July 23, 1962, the
North Vietnamese and supporting communist insurgent group, the Pathet Lao,
lost no time in building strategic strongholds of defense in Northern Laos
and establishing a steady flow of manpower and material to their
revolutionary forces in South Vietnam via the Ho Chi Minh Trail on the
eastern border of the Laotian panhandle.

As a result, the Royal Lao sought help from the U.S. in stopping both
initiatives. It was strategically important to do so, although every
initiative had to be cleared through the U.S. Ambassador at Vientiane, so
that the delicate balance of 'look-the-other-way-neutrality' engaged in by
the nations involved (including China) could be preserved.

Defense of non-communist activity in Laos generally fell into three
categories: 1) U.S. Army and CIA's bolstering of the Meo (Hmong) army led by
General Vang Pao; 2) Strategic U.S. Air Force bombing initiatives on the Ho
Chi Minh Trail (Operations Commando Hunt, Steel Tiger, etc.); 3) U.S. Air
Force bombing ini- tiatives in northern Laos (Operation Barrell Roll, etc.)
both against communist strongholds there, and in support of the Royal Lao
and Gen. Vang Pao's army.

It was over Northern Laos that Capt. Paul Gauley flew on January 10, 1967 as
pilot of a F105D Thunderchief. When he was in the region of the Plaines des
Jarres, his aircraft was shot down and he was presumed to be dead. He is
among nearly 2500 Americans lost in Indochina, and one of nearly 600 lost in
Laos.

Twenty-two years after Paul Gauley was shot down, the U.S., through private
agencies, completed plans for a medical clinic in Laos to encourage Lao
assistance in excavating crash sites of U.S. aircraft downed in Laos.
Critics say that the U.S. has not addressed the issue of live American
prisoners held in Laos and in building clinics is further destroying the
possibility that they will ever be released alive. Indeed, of the nearly 600
downed in Laos, many were known to have been alive on the ground, and the
Pathet Lao stated publicly they held 'tens of tens' of Americans - yet not a
single American held in Laos was ever released...or negotiated for.
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POSTED ON 10.17.2011
POSTED BY: Ike Gauley

My brother

Losing you left a big hole in our family and lives,, We love and miss you.
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