MULLIGAN, JAMES ALFRED
Name: James Alfred Mulligan
Rank/Branch: O5/United States Navy, pilot
Unit: VA 36
Date of Birth: 27 March 1926
Home City of Record: Lawrence MA
Date of Loss: 20 March 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 182800 North 105000 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Other Personnel in Incident: none
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews.
REMARKS: 730212 RELEASED BY DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
UPDATE - 02/97 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO with information provided
by Capt. Mulligan.
JAMES A. MULLIGAN JR.
Captain - United States Navy
Shot Down: March 20, 1966
Released: February 12, 1973
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts 27 March 1926. Joined the Navy 9 February
1944 as part of the V-5 program. Received my wings in August 1947. Married
Louise M. Kolce in October 1948 and we have six sons and live in Virginia
Beach, Virginia. I was Executive Officer of VA-36 on board USS Enterprise
and scheduled to become Commanding Officer on 1 April 1966 but I was shot
down near Vinh in North Vietnam on 20 March 1966. I had flown more than 80
missions over North Vietnam when my A4 was shot down. I was injured on
ejection, receiving a broken shoulder and cracked ribs.
My prison itinerary was as follows: Hanoi Hilton (Heartbreak Hotel and New
Guy Village) from 27 March to 23 April 1966; the Zoo from 23 April 1966 to
26 January 1967; Las Vegas from 26 January 1967 to 25 October 1967; Alcatraz
from 25 October 1967 to 9 December 1969; Las Vegas from 9 December 1969 to
25 December 1970; Camp Unity (or "No OK Corral") 25 December 1970 to 12
February 1973. I was in solitary confinement for 42 3/4 months. I spent
more than 30 month sin leg irons.
I was the senior oficer on the 3rd plane out of Hanoi in the first release
on February 12, 1973. I was lucky enough to be the 1st POW cleared for
release from Clark Air Force Base to the States on February 14, 1973. I was
awarded 2 Silver Stars, 8 Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and 2
Purple Hearts, as well as the POW medal.
After captivity I earned my MBA degree in Public Administration. In 1975
after 31 1/2 years of service, I retired from the United States Navy as a
Captain. I have since retired from the position as CEO of a large
wholesaler/distributor of marble, slate and granite.
James and his wife Louise have 6 sons, (Jim, Kevin, Terry, Mark, Sean and
Niel) and 17 grandchildren. James had a personal note on his update -- "I
share 6 POW grandchildren with Sam Johnson via his daughter Gini and my son
Jim." He and his wife reside in Virginia.
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