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In loving memory of my best friend,
For the past 50 plus years you have always been in my heart and on my mind. Growing up as kids, teenagers, and young adults you made a lasting impact on my life. After coming home from Vietnam and receiving the news that you, my best friend, had been killed was one of the most saddened days of my life. No longer could I hear your voice, hear you laugh, see your smile, or just share the brotherly love that we had.
I wish you could have been there to share my new family, get to meet my children, and grow old in our friendship together. These past 40 years after the war it has always saddened my heart to know your body was never recovered. Did you die in pain? Were you alone? I've talked to you in spirit and I truly believed you were always here with me.
On Nov 11th 2007, on the front page of the Whittier Daily News Paper, Brother, there you were. The article read Journalist killed in Vietnam War Comes Home Remains recovered!! One day shy of Veterans' Day I get the news. Veterans' Day 2007 has been the best Veterans' Day ever! Welcome Home, Brother. WELCOME HOME!
Loving Memories Only,
From a friend like a brother,
A Note from The Virtual Wall
The E-1 Tracer was an early warning/radar tracking aircraft used to extend the carrier's radar horizon and to provide flight following for other aircraft. On 08 Oct 1967, E-1B BuNo 148132 from the carrier USS ORISKANY diverted to Chu Lai, refueled, and departed in bad weather to return to the ship. As the aircraft, flying in instrument conditions, passed to the west of Danang radar contact was briefly lost. When regained, the ground controller realized the aircraft was in danger of striking a high ridgeline northwest of Danang and recommended an immediate change of course for terrain avoidance. The crew acknowledged the controller's transmission and advised they were making a sharp starboard turn - but radar and radio contact was lost immediately thereafter. Adverse weather hampered immediate search efforts, but three days later a search helicopter spotted the wreckage of the aircraft on the south face of a steep mountain about 20 kilometers northwest of Danang. It was apparent the crash was not survivable, and a combination of location, terrain and hostile forces in the area precluded a ground recovery. The five persons aboard the aircraft, all assigned to VAW-111, were classed as died, body not recovered:
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a friend like a brother,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Nov 2007
Last updated 11/14/2007