Sause, Bernard Jacob, Jr., AN Fallen
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Last Rank
Last Primary Designator/NEC
AD-8215-Helicopter Rescue Aircrewman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Duty Station
1967-1967, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
Service Years
1961 - 1967
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Golden Dragon
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate
One Hash Mark

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Home State
Year of Birth
Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Baltimore, MD

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1967
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 15E - Line 108

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Air Crew Wings

 Duty Stations
HC-1 Pacific Fleet AngelsUSS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
  1967-1967, HC-1 Pacific Fleet Angels/Det 1
  1967-1967, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
 Combat and Operations History
  1967-1967 Training Exercises/WESTPAC (By year)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Yankee Station
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA 31) saw early Vietnam war action. A
World War II Essex-class carrier, she was on station participating in combat
action against the Communists as early as August 1964. Her aircraft carried
the first Walleye missiles when they were introduced in 1967. In November
1970, the BON HOMME RICHARD completed its sixth combat deployment and was
scheduled for decommissioning by mid-1971.

LT Litchfield P. Huie was a pilot assigned to Helicopter Support Squadron 1,
Detachment LIMA onboard the aircraft carrier USS BON HOMME RICHARD in 1967.
On February 27 of that year, Huie launched from the aircraft carrier with
his crew: LTJG Edward N. Letchworth, Airman Ronald L. Zempel, and Airman
Bernard J. Sause, Jr. Airman Zempel was an aircrew survival equipmentman,
and it is assumed that this crew normally conducted pilot rescue operations.

As the UH2B flown by Huie was launched from the carrier, it lifted tail
high, flipped and partially recovered just prior to striking the water. Upon
striking the water the helicopter broke apart on impact. A search helicopter
was immediately over the scene and was later aided by two Navy destroyers.
The search was terminated with negative results.

Huie, Zempel, Sause and Letchworth were declared Killed/Body Not Recovered.
They are listed among the missing because no bodies were found to return
home. Their accident is listed as non-combat related.
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