WILLIAM D MCGRATH
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HONORED ON PANEL 30E, LINE 10 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM DARRELL MCGRATH

WALL NAME

WILLIAM D MCGRATH

PANEL / LINE

30E/10

DATE OF BIRTH

07/31/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/17/1967

HOME OF RECORD

COLTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

San Bernardino County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM DARRELL MCGRATH
POSTED ON 8.22.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cap. William McGrath, Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot. I researched you on your 91st birthday, happy birthday. I am glad you were identified in 1986 - welcome home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly, but our world needs help. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.26.2020
POSTED BY: Barbara Burch Aronson

I Always Remember 11/17

I got my bracelet with (at the time Commander) Capt. McGrath's name in the early 1970s. I wore it every day for several years, praying for his return, praying for his family. I just found his page with his photo and his story as well as that of his brother in arms. May they both rest in peace with fair winds and following seas. Thank you, Wall of Faces.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2020
POSTED BY: Jan Whitehead

Cdr William McGrath

I wore a POW bracelet with Cdr William McGrath's name for many years. I am 70 years old and still have the bracelet. It is a remembrance of the brave who served in Vietnam and those who have served since.
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POSTED ON 4.24.2020
POSTED BY: Madeline Clark

CDR William McGrath

I wore Cdr McGraths bracelet for many years, always praying that he would return home someday. I am so sorry he did not come home, but thankful for the brave men who gave their lives for our freedom. The bracelet broke in two but I still keep in a special box as a remembrance of those brave men.
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POSTED ON 2.15.2020

Final Mission of CDR William D. McGrath

On November 17, 1967, pilot CDR William D. McGrath and radar intercept officer LT Roger G. Emrich were flying a U.S. Navy McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II (#151488) from Fighter Squadron 161 (VF-161), Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43), on a target combat air patrol mission over North Vietnam. As the flight crossed the coast, CDR McGrath and his wingman were detached to accelerate to check the target weather. The two aircraft were about six miles ahead of the main strike force when they encountered about thirty surface-to-air (SAM) missiles. McGrath began evasive maneuvers as the volume of SAMs increased. While in a hard turn, the wingman was forced to look away momentarily to check oncoming SAMs. When he looked back, McGrath was spinning to the left. There was no flak in the area, and McGrath’s Phantom appeared undamaged; however, there was heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire. The wingman radioed, “Bail out!” right before McGrath’s jet struck the ground. No parachutes were observed, and no radio transmissions heard. The wingman was about one-half to three-quarters of a mile from McGrath’s aircraft when he saw it in the final spin. He believed he saw both canopies still in place but was not certain due to the distance and the attention he was giving to the SAMs. McGrath’s remains were repatriated in December 1985 and positively identified in March 1986. In a second excavation at a crash site in Hung Yen Province, SRV, the remains of LT Emrich were located and repatriated in April 1995. They were positively identified in February 1997. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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