Pierson, Richard Linnell, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1973, 131X, VA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
Service Years
1965 - 1973

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Contact Info
Home Town
Koochiching, MN
Last Address
Duluth, MN

Date of Passing
Nov 12, 1973
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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In the Line of Duty
  2017, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Midway (CVA-41)VA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
  1972-1973, 131X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1972-1973, 131X, VA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Operation Linebacker I
 Colleges Attended 
University of Minnesota-DuluthUnited States Naval Academy
  1960-1961, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  1961-1965, United States Naval Academy1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  From the Lucky Bag - USNA yearbook
  Jun 21, 1968, Married Hope C Johnson
  Jul 01, 1968, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Nov 12, 1973, BIRLS Death File
  Nov 12, 2017, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

LT Pierson was assigned to VA-93 attached to CVW-5 aboard the USS Midway (CV-41). The following is the only information I could find about his loss.


Excerpt from the article titled "Unprepared for the Shock of Vietnam"

Vietnam would be remembered differently.The only memorial at Annapolis commemorating the academy's participation in that war is a stone marker in the cemetery that lists the 118 names of the midshipmen from the class of 1949 through the class of 1969 who were killed or remain missing in action. Five members of the class of 1965 are among these. The only member of the top 50 of that class who was killed on active duty was a pilot, Richard Linnell Pierson, whose F4 jet crashed into Mount Fuji in Japan in 1973.

Other Comments:

Presidential Unit Citation
For extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in action against enemy forces in Southeast Asia from 30 April 1972 to 9 February 1973. During this crucial period of the Vietnam conflict, USS MIDWAY and embarked Attack Carrier Air Wing FIVE carried out devastating aerial attacks against enemy installations, transportation, and lines of communications in the face of extremely heavy opposition including multi-calibre antiaircraft artillery fire and surface-to-air missiles. Displaying superb airmanship and unwavering courage, MIDWAY/CVW-5 pilots played a significant role in lifting the prolonged sieges at An Loc, Kon Tum, and Quảng Tri and in carrying out the concentrated aerial strikes against the enemy's industrial heartland which eventually resulted in a cease-fire. By their excellent teamwork, dedication, and sustained superior performance, the officers and men of MIDWAY and Attack Carrier Air Wing FIVE reflected great credit upon themselves and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

NOTE: According to David Glen Peirson, LT Pierson was most likely flying an A-7 not an F-4.

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