Charles David Schoonover

Lieutenant Commander
United States Navy
18 September 1931 - 16 January 1966
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Naval Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Charles D. Schoonover

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01 Jul 2004

Although Charlie entered our hectic world in the State of Kentucky, he soon moved to the Hoosier State where he spent the rest of his pre-Annapolis days. He spent his younger days building model airplanes and hotrods and occasionally attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. He next took a year of engineering at the local drive-ins and gin mills around Purdue University. Entering the turmoil of the Naval Academy was a drastic change from Charlie's usual easy going existence. He soon learned how to continue living under his motto, "Never do anything unless absolutely necessary; it requires energy." Here at Canoe U he was a member of the Model Club, played football for the first battalion, and was a frequent member of the extra instruction and E. D. squads. We will all remember Charlie for his winning smile and his easy-going, good-natured disposition.
  • FOOTBALL - 3, 2, 1
  • TRACK - 3
  • JUICE GANG - 4
  • ENGINEERING CLUB - 3, 2, 1
  • MODEL CLUB - 4, 3, 2, 1

"The Lucky Bag, 1954" (USNA Yearbook)

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Two aviators from RVAH-9 embarked in USS RANGER were killed in a landing accident after returning from a photo recon mission over South Vietnam. RANGER was operating about 60 miles off the Mekong Delta when RA-5C (BuNo 149312) "boltered" - i.e., failed to engage an arresting wire while landing. When the pilot applied full power, the starboard engine exploded and the aircraft went into the water. The two crewmen were
  • LCDR Charles D. Schoonover, pilot, and
  • ENS Hal T. Hollingsworth of Grace, Indiana, recon navigator.

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