Stockdale Sailor Returns from MIA Mission

By: USS Stockdale Public Affairs Office

SAN DIEGO – A USS Stockdale (DDG 106) Sailor returned from a Missing in Action (MIA) recovery operation in Vietnam April 18, just in time to participate in his ship’s commissioning.

Electronics Technician First Class (SW) Michael McCartan was selected to join the 94th JFA Recovery Team One in the Central Highlands in Vietnam from the period of March 1 to April 4.

“I am blessed to have had the chance to participate in the recovery exercise,” said McCartan.

McCartan’s primary mission was to facilitate communications between the MIA recovery command center and the search site. His efforts help teams successfully identify two service members who went missing after their helicopter went down while carrying supplies in Dec. 1965.

“This experience brings new meaning to the words in our sailor’s creed ‘…all who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world’” said McCartan. “In my 19 years of Naval service I haven’t done anything more rewarding than this.”

The mission was an important opportunity to tie together our current efforts and the past efforts of our forefathers.

McCartan’s experience came full circle when he returned to commission a ship that bears the name of one of the Navy’s most influential officers and a well know Vietnam veteran.

“ET1 McCartan performed nobly during his service in Vietnam and I think it is fitting that he serves on a ship named after Admiral Stockdale,” said Cmdr. Fred Kacher, commanding officer of Stockdale.