VINCENT DUNCAN MONROE was born on July 1, 1934. His home of record is Oaklyn, NJ. He served
in the US Navy and attained the rank of Commander (CDR).
Commander Charlie N. James, Jr. was a pilot assigned to Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 11
onboard the USS KITTY HAWK. On May 18, 1968, he launched in his RA5C Vigilante on a
multi-aircraft reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. His Radar/Navigator that day
was Lt. Cdr. Vincent D. Monroe.
Radio Hanoi broadcasted the capture of two American pilots on May 18, 1968 in the general area of the loss of James and Monroe. Both men were classified Prisoner of War.
Vincent D. Monroe was promoted after his crash to Captain. It is appears that it will never be known if Commander Monroe died when his plane went down or if, as suspected, was taken prisoner and died while in captivity. The Department of Defense gives his dates of death as Nay 18, 1968. Captain Charlie N. James was released by the North Vietnamese on March 14, 1973.
Commander Monroe was survived by his wife Suzanne and son James Vincent Monroe. After his remains were returned to United States custody, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia
MESSAGES LEFT ON THEWALL-USA (as of 2/28/09)
that some of these messages are from years ago
Both my wife and I were schoolmates of Vince at
Grinnell College in the late 50's. I also
I wore his POW bracelet
Like the others who have added comments here, I too wore Vincent's POW bracelet and I
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