Sather, Richard Christian, LTJG Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Navy Officer
Last Duty Station
1964-1964, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
Service Years
1960 - 1964
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1938
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Pomona, CA
Last Address
Pomona, CA

Casualty Date
Aug 05, 1964
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 060 / SECTION X SITE 947

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Ltjg Richard Christian Sather has the sad distinction of being the first Navy Pilot to die in Vietnam.
Richard Sather was shot down on Aug. 5, 1964, two days before Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that allowed President Lyndon Johnson to wage war as he deemed necessary to defend South Vietnam.

Ltjg Richard Christian Sather was flying the first airstrike on Hanoi when he and LTjg Everett Alvarez were both shot down. Alvarez survived and held a dubious distinction as the first naval aviator POW and longest held (8.5 years) of the war. Dick Sather did not survive, and his remains were not returned to U.S. control until 1985, when he was identified at the Central Identification Lab Hawaii (CILHI).

See:  http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/s/s359.htm

   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Distiguished Flying Cross 
Year Awarded
1964
Details behind Awards:
Awarded 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, Junior Grade Richard Christian Sather, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of an aircraft in Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE (VA-145), aboard U.S.S. CONSTELLATION (CVA-64). Participating in a flight of four aircraft which located and was fired on by five major gunboats in an area north of Loc Chau, North Vietnam, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Sather carried out three damaging attacks against two of the largest craft before his plane crashed into the water between them. He contributed materially to the success of his flight in inflicting severe damage on the gunboats.

General Orders: All Hands (March 1965)
Action Date: August 5, 1964
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Squadron: Attack Squadron 145 (VA-145)
Ship: U.S.S. Constellation (CVA-64)
   
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