Charles J. Huneycutt, Jr. was born on June 20, 1943 and joined the Armed Forces while in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He served in the United States Air Force, and attained the rank of Major.
Charles J. Huneycutt, Jr. is listed as Missing in Action.
HUNEYCUTT, CHARLES JEROME JR.
Remains Returned 10 November 1988, ID Announced 28 September 1989
Name: Charles Jerome Huneycutt, Jr.
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 20 August 1943
Home City of Record: Charlotte NC
Date of Loss: 10 November 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171909N 1064629E (XE886156)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Other Personnel in Incident: James S. Morgan (missing); from other F4C: James
A. Crew; Kelly F. Cook (both missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
On November 10, 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Kelly F. Cook, pilot, and First Lieutenant James A. Crew, bombadier/navigator were the crew of one F4C in a flight of two which departed Da Nang Airbase, South Vietnam on an operational mission. The crew of the second aircraft was the pilot, Major James S. Morgan, and the
rear-seater, First Lieutenant Charles J. Huneycutt.
Both F4's were tracked to their target area of Dong Hoa in North Vietnam, but because of incliment weather, were directed to an alternate target nearby. Positive radar and radio contact was maintained with the aircrafts until the point when their bombing dives were to begin. All contact was then lost.
Electronic searches were negative. Ground search was not conducted since the
incident occurred over heavily defended territory about 14 miles southeast
of Dong Hoi on the coast of North Vietnam. All four men aboard were
classified Missing in Action.
A North Vietnamese general was quoted in an article saying a women's militia
shot down two F4C recon planes that same day and captured “both bandits”alive. As four, not two, individuals are concerned in this incident, it is unclear which of the four the article could relate to. However, according to a 1974 publication from a POW organization named FACK, the Defense Department acknowledged at one time that James A. Crew was, indeed, a prisoner of war. His status was hot, however, changed from Missing in Action. According to a 1974 list published by the National League of
Families, Charles J. Huneycutt survived his loss incident.
In the Peace agreements signed in Paris in 1973, the Vietnamese pledged to release all American prisoners of war and account for the missing. They have done neither. The U.S. Government has named the return and full accounting of Americans “highest national priority”, yet has dealt with the issue with less than high priority.
In 1988, the Vietnamese “discovered” and returned to U.S. control the remains of First Lieutenant Charles J. Huneycutt, Jr. The other three pilots lost on November 10, 1967 remain missing, and the Vietnamese deny knowledge of their fates. For 21 years, Huneycutt was a Prisoner of War – whether he was alive or dead.
Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Many authorities are convinced that there are still hundreds of Americans alive, held captive. Cook, Crew, and Morgan could be among them. They and the others who remain missing deserve the full effort of their country to bring them home.
Kelly F. Cook was an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy prior to volunteering for Vietnam service.
James A. Crew graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1965.
James S. Morgan's wife, Eleanor died of cancer in 1985, not knowing the fate of her husband.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard