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SSgt James V. Dorsey, Jr. was killed in action 5 February 1969, when the EC-47 aircraft on which he was serving as an Airborne Morse Systems Operator, was downed by enemy fire over Laos.

SSgt Dorsey was born 1 December 1945, in Washington D.C., and graduated from Archbishop Catholic High School in 1963.

SSgt Dorsey enlisted in the Air Force 4 November 1965. He completed basic training at Lackland AFB, and Morse code training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi.

SSgt Dorsey was then assigned to the 6918th Security Squadron, Hakata AS, Japan. On 30 October 1968, he was reassigned to Det 2, 6994th Security Squadron, Pleiku AB, Vietnam.

SSgt Dorsey was posthumously promoted to the grade of Staff Sergeant 1 June 1969. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart (Posthumously), Air Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.

SSgt Dorsey was survived by his father, James Vernon Dorsey Sr, brothers Leroy and George and sister, Mary Dorsey Anderson. On 11 November 1987, the 301st Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan, named its Permanent Capability Facility Dorsey Memorial Hall in honor of SSGT Dorsey.


Gravestone at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Gravestone at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery , St. Louis, Mo. for EC-47 crew lost 5 February 1969. Crewmembers were initially listed as Missing In Action. Aircraft wreckage was located in May 1969 and remains found at the crash site were skeletal and commingled. Air Force identification specialists were unable to determine that they had a composite of ten individuals and were unable to identify any of the remains.

On 9 October 1969, the crew's status was changed to Killed in Action. The crew's remains were subsequently laid to rest in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


LtCol Harry T. Niggle - 362nd TEWS

Maj Homer M. Lynn, Jr - 362nd TEWS

Maj Robert E. Olson - 362nd TEWS

Capt Walter F. Burke - 362nd TEWS

MSgt Wilton N. Hatton _ 362nd TEWS

TSgt Louis J. Clever - Det 2, 6994th SS

TSgt Hugh L. Sherburn - Det 2, 6994th SS

TSgt Rodney H. Gott - Det 2, 6994th SS

SSgt James V. Dorsey - Det 2, 6994th SS

Sgt Clarence L. McNeill - Det 2, 6994th SS


SSGT James V. Dorsey Jr. was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on 20 May 2015.

He was killed, along with nine other crew members, when his EC-47Q aircraft, was shot down on 5 February 1969, over Laos.

When their remains were recovered, DNA analysis wasn't available-all remains were put in a communal grave at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Today, DNA testing precision enables remains to be identified-allowing James to be placed in his final resting place at grave number 353, Section 62, Arlington National Cemetery.

His name had previously been engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on Panel 33W, line 61.

James is a Fallen Eagle to the 6994th and 6918th Security Squadrons, serving in Japan for 2 years, just prior to his Vietnam tour. Both groups honor his life, and his memory.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart (Posthumously), Air Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

He is survived by his brothers, Leroy and George Dorsey and his sister, Mary Anderson.

Now, James, you may finally rest in peace!