RVAHNAVY'S RecceNet

For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!

RVAH Navy Aviators who were KIA, MIA and / or POW while serving as Warfighters during the Vietnam War:

1968/3/14
RA-5C
148926
RVAH-6
NE-704
Crash into Tokyo Bay
LCDR Campbell
LT Cook
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1967/7/29
RA-5C
148932
RVAH-11
USS FORESTAL
AA-60X
USS Forestal fire

1968/5/5
RA-5C
149278
RVAH-1
USS ENTERPRISE
NG-102
AAA
LT Giles Roderick Norrrington (POW)
LT Richard Goerge Tangeman (POW)

1968/5/18
RA-5C
149283
RVAH-11
USS KITTY HAWK
NH-606
AAA
CDR Charlie Negus James (POW)
LCDR Vincent Duncan Monroe (POW)

1967/7/29
RA-5C
149284
RVAH-11
USS FORESTAL
AA-60X
USS Forestal fire

1968/11/25
RA-5C
149293
RVAH-5
USS CONSTELLATION
NK-123
AAA
CDR Ernest Albert Stamm (POW)
LTJG Richard Cobb Thum (KIA)

1967/8/17
RA-5C
149302
RVAH-12
USS CONSTELLATION
NK-122
Accident
CDR Laurent Norbert Dion (KIA)
LTJG Charles David Hom (KIA)

1967/7/29
RA-5C
149305
RVAH-11
USS FORESTAL
AA-60X
USS Forestal fire

1964/12/9
RA-5C
149306
RVAH-5
USS RANGER
NG-101
Lost at sea due to navigational error
LCDR Donald Wayne Beard (KIA)
LTJG Brian John Cronin (KIA)

1966/8/19
RA-5C
149309
RVAH-6
USS CONSTELLATION
NL-703
AAA
LCDR J K Thompson (SURVIVED)
1LT Richard M Milikin (SURVIVED)

1966/1/16
RA-5C
149312
RVAH-9
USS RANGER
AC-90X
Starboard engine exploded when it T&G landing
LCDR Charles David Schoonover (KIA)
ENS Hal T Hollingsworth (KIA)

1967/5/19
RA-5C
150826
RVAH-13
USS KITTY HAWK
NH-602
Engulfed in flamed
LCDR James Lloyd Griffin (POW)
LT Jack Walter (POW)

1966/10/22
RA-5C
150830
RVAH-6
USS CONSTELLATION
NL-705
SAM
LCDR Thomas Carl Kolstad (KIA)
LTJG William Blue Klenert (KIA)

1969/3/31
RA-5C
150842
RVAH-6
USS ENTERPRISE
NG-604
Ground fire? or Fuel tank explosion
CDR Danforth Ellithorpe White (KIA)
LT Ramey Leo Carpenter (KIA)

1965/10/16
RA-5C
151615
RVAH-1
USS INDEPENDENCE
AG-601
AAA
LCDR James Franklin Bell (POW)
LCDR James Leo Hutton (POW)

1972/5/7
RA-5C
151618
RVAH-7
USS KITTY HAWK
NH-604
AAA
CDR Clarence Ronald Polfer XO (POW)
LTJG Joseph Eugene Kernan (POW)

1965/7/20
RA-5C
151619
RVAH-1
USS INDEPENDENCE
AG-60X
CVA Landing, number 1 cable broke and into the sea
CDR Valentin George Matula CO (KIA)
LT Carl Eugene Gronquist (KIA)

1967/2/12
RA-5C
151623
RVAH-7
USS ENTERPRISE
NG-105
AAA
CDR C H Jarvis (SURVIVED)
LTJG P M Artlip (SURVIVED)

1965/12/20
RA-5C
151624
RVAH-13
USS KITTY HAWK
NH-604
Shot down
LCDR Guy David Johnson (KIA)
LTJG Lee Edward Nordahl (KIA)

1966/2/3
RA-5C
151625
RVAH-13
USS KITTY HAWK
NH-605
AAA
LT Gerald Leonard Coffee (POW)
LTJG Robert Taft Hanson (POW)

1967/3/9
RA-5C
151627
RVAH-13
USS KITTY HAWK
NH-605
Automatic weapons fire
CDR Charles Lancaster Putnam (KIA)
LTJG F S Prendergast (SURVIVED)

1965/12/22
RA-5C
151632
RVAH-13
USS KITTY HAWK
NH-603
AAA
LCDR Max Duane Lukenback (KIA)
LTJG Glenn Henri Daigle (POW)

1965/12/15
RA-5C
151633
RVAH-7
USS ENTERPRISE
NG-10X
Small arms fire
LT J K Sutor (SURVIVED)
LTJG G B Dresser (SURVIVED)

1967/8/13
RA-5C
151634
RVAH-12
USS CONSTELLATION
NK-125
AAA
LCDR Leo Gregory Hyatt (POW)
LTJG Wayne Keith Goodermote (POW)

1972/6/7
RA-5C
156616
RVAH-1
USS SARATOGA
AC-601
SAM
LCDR C H Smith (SURVIVED)
LT L G Kunz (SURVIVED)

1972/12/28
RA-5C
156633
RVAH-13
USS ENTERPRISE
NK-603
Shot down by MiG
LCDR Alfred Howard Agnew (POW)
LT Michael Firestone Haifley (KIA)

1971/10/17
RA-5C
156634
RVAH-5
USS ENTERPRISE
NK-60X
Flew into the sea during a training flight
CDR Lauren Ray Everett (KIA)
LCDR Paul Amos Stokes (KIA)

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JK Thompson and CR Polfer both were later C.O.'s in H6. F Prendergast was later maint off in H6!!

Thanks fer the info ,Stick , I was looking for this information  !!  A lot of sad and some lucky stories there  !!

I was an AT in RVAH-5  on the USS Enterprise when Cdr. Everett and Lt.Cdr Stokes' plane went down in the ocean. Something I never will forget. I guess it was the first closest experience with death while in the Navy up to that point. The ship stopped dead in the water for about an hour, sending out search and rescue personnel, but sadly, nothing was found. The best I remember, they were about a half mile out approaching the ship when radio communications went silent. The cause of the accident was never determined. REST IN PEACE CDR EVERETT AND LT.CDR  STOKES.

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