VA-144, CVW-11, USS KITTY HAWK
United States Navy
01 August 1934 - 16 April 1974
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The database page for Robert Saavedra
In Memory of CDR Robert Saavedra
I Am Not DeadDo not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am diamond glints of snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds encircled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Lyrics by Mary Frye (1932) and Wilbur Skeels (1996)
Robert Saavedra was a career Navy pilot. He loved the United States and he loved to fly. He left for Vietnam in October, 1967 on board the USS KITTY HAWK. He left a wife and four children ages 8, 5, 2 and 5 months.
CDR Saavedra was shot down on April 28, 1968. He was the leader of a two-plane section of A-4E aircraft on a night armed reconnaissance mission. Their mission was to attack any target of opportunity encountered along routes 151 and 1A in North Vietnam. CDR Saavedra was placed in a missing in action status and has been continued in that status.
From his daughter,
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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 May 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009