Philip C. Craig

Commander Philip Charles Craig was from Oneida, New York and was born on 13 July 1940. He was 37 and single when died on 4 July 1967 and was declared MIA. Commander Craig was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. On 04 July 1967, a flight of four A-4s launched from USS Intrepid for a strike on the railroad yard at Hai Duong. The strike was conducted successfully, and the four aircraft headed for the coastline. At this point another pilot had visual contact with what he believed to be Craig’s aircraft. If he did, the call was a bit premature – Craig was hit by AAA fire and crashed about 10 kilometers inland. He did not eject before ground impact. At this time Craig was listed MIA. The ground search was fruitless. He was declared dead on 7 July 1978. The North Vietnamese buried his body nearby but did not report his death. On 19 February 1967 Commander Craig’s remains were positively identified. His name is located on panel 23E line 1 on the Vietnam Memorial. LCDR Philip Charles Craig is on the Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii to honor someone whose MIA. His body rests in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo, New York.