Frank Edward HandLieutenant (junior grade)
PATROL SQUADRON 26, TF 72, 7TH FLEET
United States Navy
28 February 1942 - 01 April 1968
Fort Worth, Texas
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The database page for Frank Edward Hand
He moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1951 from Charleston, S.C. and attended Carter-Riverside High School.
LTJG Hand, along with three other officers and eight sailors, took off on a routine mission on April 1, 1968, in a P-3 Orion from a base in Thailand. His airplane was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a Cambodian gunboat, according to news accounts. The pilots attempted to fly to land, but the aircraft didn't make it. No one survived. Search-and-rescue crews recovered something from every man on board, so none were listed as missing in action.
LTJG Hand was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant by current VP-26 ("Tridents") executive officer Commander Andrew Westerkom on 11 November 2007. LT Hand was laid to rest on 12 November 2007, nearly 40 years after his plane was shot down.
From a shipmate,
A Note from The Virtual WallMuch of what Petty Officer Palmer says above is taken from press reports regarding the recovery of LT Hand's remains and subsequent burial at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The US Naval Forces Vietnam History for April 1968 contains the following account of the loss:
The twelve men aboard VP-26's P-3B BuNo 153445 when it went down were
Associated Press reports state that fragmentary remains recovered at the time were buried on 24 April 1968 in the Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, where his wife wanted him buried (specifically, in Site 213, Section 32).
One current report from the Dallas, Texas, Star-Telegram web site site reads:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Nov 2007
Last updated 11/29/2007