Wang, Andrew Jacob, PO3 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
AB-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Last Duty Station
1968-1968, AB-0000, USS Valley Forge (LPH-8)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
AB-Aviation Boatswain's Mate

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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
1946
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Johnston
Last Address
Johnston,RI

Casualty Date
Jun 02, 1968
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
61W 018

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 Duty Stations
USS Valley Forge (LPH-8)
  1968-1968, AB-0000, USS Valley Forge (LPH-8)
 Combat and Operations History
  1967-1968 Yankee Station
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Last Known Activity
 

DECK LOG OF THE USS VALLEY FORGE [LPH-8]:


2 June 1968

1600. UNDERWAY AS BEFORE.

1631. CH-46A, BUREAU NUMBER UNKNOWN OF HMM-265, PILOT MAJOR RICHARD L. YANKEE, USMCR, 065394, ATTEMPTED TO LIFT OFF. HELO STARTED CLIMBING WHILE 4 CHAIN TIEDOWNS WERE STILL ATTACHED TO THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED OVER ON ITS RIGHT SIDE AND COMMENCED BURNING AT LAT 10-50N LONG 107E. FLIGHT DECK AND CRASH CREWS WENT TO FIRE STATIONS.

1632-1638 (CONT) MAN OVERBOARD PORT SIDE FROM PERSONNEL ESCAPING FROM AIRCRAFT. MANEUVERING TO CLEAR MAN AND KEEP WIND FROM BLOWING SMOKE OVER ISLAND STRUCTURE. FLIGHT DECK FIRE AND CRASH CREWS COMBATING FIRE.

1638. MAN OVERBOARD STARBOARD SIDE.

1639. PORT LIFEBOAT IN THE WATER PROCEEDING TO SECOND MAN. CH-46A HELICOPTER FROM HMM-164 MANEUVERING TO RECOVER FIRST MAN OVERBOARD. AIRCRAFT CRASH CRANE PUSHED FLAMING AIRCRAFT OVER STARBOARD SIDE INTO WATER.

1640. FIRE REPORTED UNDER CONTROL. PORT LIFEBOAT RECOVERED SECOND MAN OVERBOARD.

1646. CH-46A RECOVERD FIRST MAN OVERBOARD. FIRE IS OUT. COMMENCED ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE.

1655. RECOVERED PORT LIFEBOAT AND SECURED IT FOR SEA. SECOND MAN OVERBOARD IDENTIFIED AS McREIS, W.C. USN WAS TAKEN TO SICKBAY FOR EXAMINATION. FIRST MAN OVERBOARD IDENTIFIED AS REED, CPL USMC, SERIAL NUMBER UNKNOWN, WAS TAKEN TO SICKBAY. CONDITION APPEARED SERIOUS.

1731. SECURED FROM FIRE STATIONS. DEATHS FROM ACCIDENT WERE AS FOLLOWS: WANG, ANDREW J. ABH3, 9199503 USN ATTACHED TO THIS SHIP, STRUCK BY ROTOR BLADES, AND HUISENER, J.E. SGTMAJ, USMC OF HMM-265, GUNNER OF AIRCRAFT. DAMAGE TO THIS SHIP APPEARED TO BE MINOR AND CONFINED TO FORWARD STARBOARD SECTION OF FLIGHT DECK, ROUNDOWN, AND #2 AVGAS FUEL STATION. RESUMED MANEUVERING.

Submitted by Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Assoc
   
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