Schoeppner, Leonard John, LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot heavier than air or lighter than air
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Last Duty Station
1970-1970, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Service Years
- 1970
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1943
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Canton
Last Address
Canton

Casualty Date
Mar 09, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Not Specified
Conflict
Cold War Era (1945-1991)*
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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VF-21USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1970-1970, VF-21
  1970-1970, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
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Leonard John Schoeppner

Lieutenant
VF-21, CVW-2, USS RANGER
United States Navy
02 October 1943 - 09 March 1970
Canton, Ohio
Panel 13W Line 101

USS RANGER

VF-21
F-4

Naval Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Leonard John Schoeppner

28 Feb 2005

Jack Schoeppner was my friend. We served in VF-21 together from mid-1968 until he was lost on March 9, 1970. Everyone knew him as "Chops". He was the kind of guy whose personality stood out in a crowd and I don't think there was another pilot in the air wing who didn't know who he was. I first saw him, probably in September 1967, at Chase Field in Beeville, Texas. He was in Advanced Jet training. He didn't know me then but I remembered him.

The day he was lost I was also airborne and remember doing a radar search to see if I could spot his plane. As we would find out later, he and his RIO Rex Parcels were gone by then.

In the summer of 1969 Chops and I took a backpacking trip together in the High Sierra of California. We covered about 49 miles around the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon National Park. We did some fishing and had a great time. I remember the pictures he took on that trip. He was a pretty darn good photographer. That was my first and last time backpacking with Chops. Since then I have returned to the Sierra to climb and hike many times and often I remember that special time I had with Chops.

I miss you buddy. I will never forget.

From a friend and shipmate,
Don Christiansen
dgc_61@earthlink.net

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 09 March 1969 a VF-21 F-4J (BuNo 155775) crewed by LT Leonard J. Schoeppner and LTJG Rex L. Parcels launched on a photo recon escort mission. The photo recon run was cancelled due to very poor weather, and LT Schoeppner was directed to join with another squadron aircraft for his secondary BARCAP mission. Schoeppner checked in overhead the ship at 17,000 feet but radio and radar contact was lost shortly thereafter and not regained.

Despite a massive search by air and surface units no trace was found of the F-4J or its two crewmen.

   
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