Schimmels, Eddie Ray, PO1 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
AO-0000-Aviation Ordnanceman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Ordnanceman
Last Duty Station
1968-1969, AO-0000, VAH-10 Vikings
Service Years
1959 - 1969
AO-Aviation Ordnanceman
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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1939
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles, CA
Last Address
Los Angeles, CA

Casualty Date
Feb 18, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Tonkin Gulf
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oakwood Memorial Cemetery - Oakwood, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 056 / Cenotaph

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 Duty Stations
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)VAH-10 Vikings
  1968-1969, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1968-1969, AO-0000, VAH-10 Vikings
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

During her 1968/69 cruise USS CORAL SEA's airwing included Detachment 10 of Heavy Attack Squadron 10 (VAH-10). On 18 Feb 1969 a VAH-10 KA-3B (bureau number 138943) provided airborne tanker support for a night cycle and, at completion of that cycle, provided overhead tanker support for the aircraft which were recovering aboard. When all other aircraft had been recovered, the KA-3B was directed to depart her overhead orbit in preparation for a carrier-controlled approach to landing. The KA-3B tracked outbound as directed, but failed to respond when CATCC directed her to turn to her inbound leg. The KA-3B's radar return disappeared shortly thereafter.

The carrier's SAR helicopter was dispatched to the KA-3's last position but found no trace of the aircraft or its crew. Although the seach began again at first light and continued through the day, nothing was found. The subsequent accident board determined the likely cause was controlled flight into the water, probably due to pilot fatigue, and all three men aboard were declared dead. They were

LCDR Rodney M. Chapman, Alpena, MI, pilot
AMS1 Stanley M. Jerome, Detroit, MI, aircrewman
AO1 Eddie R. Schimmels, Los Angeles, CA, aircrewman

   
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