Stephen Jay KottMajor
VMA(AW)-242, MAG-11, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
12 May 1940 - 31 October 1967
Greenville, South Carolina
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When he shall die,
My grandfather left behind three children, none of whom have, for a moment forgotten him, his sacrifice, or his spirit. He left behind a loving wife, my grandmother Julia Kott, now Julia Christy. Throughout my life I have heard stories of my grandfather, and judging from what I have heard, he is not only worthy of a memorial, but also an indivual whose life and presence demand one.
Notes from The Virtual WallOn the night of 30/31 Oct 1967, A-6A BuNo 152601 launched from Danang as the number two aircraft in a flight of two targeted for a radar bombing strike against the Canal des Rapides Bridge southeast of Hanoi. The two aircraft were from Marine All-Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), and 152601 was crewed by Captain Hugh M. Fanning, pilot, and Captain Stephen J. Kott, bombardier-navigator.
The flight proceeded to the target without incident. The flight leader completed his run and Fanning indicated via radio that he was commencing his attack. Fanning's aircraft went down during or immediately after his attack run. Search and rescue efforts were impractical due to the high threat in the area and both men initially were classed as missing in action. Intelligence reports indicated that Captain Kott had been killed in the crash but there was a possibility Captain Fanning had been captured. Captain Kott eventually was reclassified as Killed in Action/Body not Recovered while Fanning was continued in MIA status. Both men had been promoted to Major while in MIA status.
None of the POWs repatriated in Feb/Mar 1973 knew anything about the two men, and on 24 Sep 1976 the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Major Fanning.
On 17 July 1984 six boxes of human remains were repatriated. Within a month they had been identified as the remains of
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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