James Burton Mills

Vietnam War
RankLieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
UnitFighter Squadron 21
Entered Service From
Date of BirthAugust 31, 1940
Date of DeathSeptember 21, 1966
Memorialized Courts of the Missing
Court B
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, United States

Cmdr. James. B. Mills, U.S. Naval Reserve, was a member of Fighter Squadron 21, Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43). On September 21, 1966, he was the co-pilot of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4B) on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam along route 1A from Cua Can to Thach Luyen, when contact with the aircraft was lost. His remains were not recovered at the time. Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of Cmdr. Mills were accounted for in 2018. His name is permanently inscribed in the “Courts of the Missing” at the Honolulu Memorial.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.