WORRELL, PAUL LAURANCE
Remains Returned July 1985
Name: Paul Laurance Worrell
Rank/Branch: O1/US Navy
Unit: Attack Squadron 172, USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA 42)
Date of Birth: 18 April 1942
Home City of Record: Philadelphia PA
Date of Loss: 02 December 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 200500N 1061200E (XH254209)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel in Incident: Bruce A. Nystrom (remains returned)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 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.
REMARKS: POSS DEAD - IR 6918571875
SYNOPSIS: Bruce A. Nystrom was a F4U Corsair pilot and squadron Air
Intelligence Officer in Korea. Following his tour of duty in Korea, Nystrom
graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in engineering.
On December 23, 1965, Commander Nystrom assumed command of Attack Squadron
172 on board the USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT and deployed with his squadron
for Vietnam on June 21, 1966.
On December 2, 1966, CDR Nystrom and his wingman, Ensign Paul L. Worrell,
launched in their A4C Skyhawk attack aircraft on a combat armed
reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Their reconnaissance area was
south of Hanoi in the Red River delta area, within an envelope of suspected
active surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Enemy anti-aircraft defenses
along this flight path had not been heavy during recent operations.
"Missiles Away" call was reserved for an actual missile sighting.
Nystrom and Worrell both disappeared during the mission. It was the opinion
of the Navy that Nystrom and Worrell came under missile attack shortly after
crossing the coastline, although their last known location is listed as
about 15 miles southwest of Hoanh Dong.
In 1985, the Vietnamese "discovered" and returned the remains of Paul
Worrell. Intelligence reports indicate that Nystrom is "possibly dead". If
Nystrom is known to be dead, why then did the Vietnamese not "discover" his
remains as well?
By 1990, the number of reports relating to Americans missing and prisoner in
Southeast Asia neared the 10,000 mark. We know that many Americans who were
captured did not return at the end of the war. Evidence points to their
being alive, captive today. Could one of them be Bruce Nystrom?
During the period they were maintained missing, Bruce A. Nystrom was
promoted to the rank of Captain and Paul L. Worrell was promoted to the rank
of Lieutenant Commander.
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