Roark, William Marshall, LT Fallen
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Last Rank
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot heavier than air or lighter than air
Last Rating/NEC Group
Last Duty Station
1965-1965, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
Service Years
1956 - 1965
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Casualty Info
Home Town
Bellevue, NE
Last Address
Bellevue, NE

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 102

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 Unofficial Badges 

 Tributes from Members  
Class of 1960 Memorial Scholarship posted by FC Burgdorf, Tom (Birddog), PO2 421 
Biography posted by FC Burgdorf, Tom (Birddog), PO2 421 
High School Hall of Fame posted by FC Burgdorf, Tom (Birddog), PO2 421 
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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
Shore Units/US Naval Academy Annapolis (USNA)Naval Aviation Schools/Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLCommander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)VA-125 Rough Riders
VA-153 Blue Tail FliesUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1960-1960, 110X, Shore Units/US Naval Academy Annapolis (USNA)
  1960-1961, 131X, Naval Aviation Schools/Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1961-1962, 131X, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  1962-1962, 131X, VA-125 Rough Riders
  1962-1965, 131X, VA-153 Blue Tail Flies
  1963-1963, 131X, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1965-1965, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1956-1960, United States Naval Academy2
 Combat and Operations History
  1963-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign 15 March 1962 to 7 March 1965 VSM Streamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Marital Status:    Married
Service #:           641458
Remains:           1965 status: Body Not Recovered. Found later.
Repatriated:       03/18/1977 (Returned to US soil)
Identified:            03/31/1977

Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross


Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant William Marshall Roark (NSN: 0-641458), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot in Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE (VA-153) aboard U.S.S. CORAL SEA (CVA-43), during operations in the Vietnam on 7 April 1965. Completing several successful attacks against military targets along a coastal highway in North Vietnam, his flight was taken under concentrated fire by numerous anti-aircraft and automatic gun positions. Lieutenant Roark attacked the gun emplacements despite the fire directed at him. When his aircraft was struck by hostile fire, he flew the disabled jet toward the water and successfully ejected. He was fired upon continuously during his parachute descent and after reaching the water. The intense barrage of anti-aircraft, automatic weapons and mortar fire directed onto the water by the enemy prevented helicopter rescue of Lieutenant Roark, who was fatally wounded. His cool courage in the face of intense enemy opposition was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (March 1966)
Action Date: April 7, 1965
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Attack Squadron 153 (VA-153)
Division: U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43)
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