William Leslie Tromp
Lieutenant Commander
VA-115, CVW-11, USS KITTY HAWK, TF 77, 7TH FLEET
United States Navy
Fennville, Michigan
August 24, 1941 to October 24, 1973
(Incident Date April 17, 1966)
WILLIAM L TROMP is on the Wall at Panel 6E, Line 120

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William L Tromp

LCDR WILLIAM LESLIE TROMP


William L Tromp

LCDR WILLIAM LESLIE TROMP

 
A Note from The Virtual Wall

Lieutenant Commander Tromp's wife, Regina Tromp Bidstrup, wrote to us to tell us that some information she received from the Navy about her husband's loss differs from the information we display on LCDR Tromp's full profile page. Full profile pages display the "official" Department of Defense information and our organization does not have the authority to change that information. The information from Mrs. Bidstrup is shown below.



Bill's tour of duty on the Kitty Hawk started October 19, 1965.

Location: should be changed to South China Sea off Ha Tinh Province

Status Date, Status Change: Bill was listed as MIA on April 17, 1966 and for approximately three months and then switched to POW. This is confusing to people. The Navy originally said they would re-assess his MIA status on the 1st anniversary of his disappearance. The Navy contacted me about three months later and told me that they were changing his status to POW because Hanoi radio announced, three hours after Bill crashed at sea off the coast of Ha Tinh Province, the capture of "Yankee Pirates." Those "Yankee Pirates" turned out to be two Air Force pilots shot down the day before. And, the Navy said that changing his status to POW would send a message to Hanoi that they expected to see Bill released at the end of the war IF he were indeed a prisoner. He was never a POW. And, it is unlikely that his remains will even be recovered.

Casualty Detail: change to "crashed at sea" Bill had crossed the coastline and was over the ocean when he started an emergency communication, "I have an emer..." and never finished the word "emergency."

Casualty Type: change to crashed at sea.


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