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Press Release | Aug. 9, 2023

Pilot Accounted for from Vietnam (Chipman, R.)


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Ralph J. Chipman, killed during Vietnam was accounted for Aug. 2, 2023.

In the winter of 1972, Chipman was assigned to Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 533, Marine Attack Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. On Dec. 27, Chipman was piloting an A-6A Intruder, along with his co-pilot, during a nighttime combat mission over the northern part of the Democratic Republic of (North) Vietnam. After entering the target area, Chipman’s aircraft ceased radio communications and never returned to base. Search and rescue teams could not locate any trace of the aircraft or the crew in the Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province. In July, 1974, the Marine Corps reported Capt. Chipman as Killed in Action.

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Chipman’s personnel profile can be viewed at