Frederick John FortnerLieutenant Commander
ATTACK SQUADRON 155 (SILVER FOXES), CVW-15, USS CORAL SEA
United States Navy
15 May 1943 - 06 June 1975
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The database page for Frederick John Fortner
by his brother.
A Note from The Virtual WallA section of SKYHAWKS from Attack Squadron 155 was tasked against a military storage site near Dao Cai Bau Island, about 40 kilometers east-northeast of Hon Gai. As LTJG Fortner, flying A-4C BuNo 152038, was pulling off target after a rocket run his aircraft began streaming smoke and vapor. He advised his lead that his controls had locked and was not seen to eject before ground impact. Because there was the possibility that he had escaped the aircraft he was carried as Missing in Action until 06 June 1975, when the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death. LCDR Fortner's remains were repatriated on 03 Nov 1988 with positive identification made on 14 March 1989.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Oct 2007
Last updated 11/17/2007