SSgt James V. Dorsey Jr. was killed in action on 5 February 1969, when the EC-47 aircraft tail number 45-1133, call-sign CAP 72, on which he was serving as an Airborne Morse Systems Operator, was downed by enemy fire over Laos.
SSgt Dorsey was born 1 December 1945, in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Archbishop Catholic High School in 1963.
SSgt Dorsey enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on 4 November 1965. He completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas and Morse Code training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. SSgt Dorsey was then assigned to the 6918th Security Squadron, Hakata AS, Japan. On 30 October 1968, he was assigned to Det 2, 6994th Security Squadron, Pleiku AB, Vietnam.
SSgt Dorsey was posthumously promoted to the grade of Staff Sergeant on 1 June 1969. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart (Posthumously), Air Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.
SSgt Dorsey was initially interred in a communal grave at section 81, site 347, Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. Improved DNA testing allowed his remains to be identified and on 20 May 2015, he was laid to rest in his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 62, Site 353, Arlington VA. His name is engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Panel 33W, line 61.
The 6918th Security Squadron also has a tribute to SSGT Dorsey on it’s website. The link to this tribute is 6918th Dorsey Tribute