Vietnam War casualty from Bakersfield identified
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Remains found at an underwater site have been identified as those of a naval aviator from Bakersfield whose aircraft vanished during a Vietnam War mission on Sept. 21, 1966.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Navy Cmdr. James B. Mills was accounted for this month after years of investigation.
Mills was a radar intercept officer aboard an F-4B piloted by Capt. James R. Bauder, whose remains were identified earlier. They departed the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea with another aircraft, lost contact and did not return to the ship.
A possible crash site off Vietnam was identified in 2006 and a series of excavations occurred over ensuing years.
Mills’ sister, Ann Mills Griffiths, tells The Bakersfield Californian she was astounded by the news after all the time that passed.