Powers, Trent Richard, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1965, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service Years
1948 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Minneapolis, MN
Last Address
Minneapolis, MN

Casualty Date
Oct 31, 1965
Hostile, Died while Captured
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Chanhassen Pioneer Cemetery - Chanhassen, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 010

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USS Midway (CVA-41)VA-164 Ghost RidersUSS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1959-1960, 131X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1964-1965, 131X, VA-164 Ghost Riders
  1964-1965, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
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  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1968 Operation Rolling Thunder
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Last Known Activity
USS Midway  
Mr. Powers was my Division Officer On the Midway 59-60 in V-2 Division. He was a fine Officer, I found him to be fair and a very good military man. I was saddened by his passing. 
Posted by: Jerry Boysel
Email: jerboysel@aol.com
Relationship: He was my Div. Officer
Monday, March 26, 2007

Grade at loss: O4
Rank: Captain (Promoted while in POW status)
ID No: 474244762
Incident Date: 10/31/1965
Casualty Date: 11/27/1973
Repatriated: 11/25/1987 (Returned to US soil)
Identified: 02/08/1988
    Navy Cross

    Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain [then Lieutenant Commander] Trent Richard Powers, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 31 October 1965 while serving as a pilot of jet attack aircraft with Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (VA-164), embarked in U.S.S. ORISKANY (CVA-34) during a combat mission over hostile territory in North Vietnam. Captain Powers was assigned the demanding and unusual task of leading a two-division, United States Air Force flight into an area heavily defended by anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles, with the mission of locating and destroying the missile installations. He planned the attack route and led the eight-plane group over more than six hundred miles of unfamiliar, cloud-shrouded, mountainous terrain, arriving in the target area precisely at a pre-briefed time that had been selected to coincide with the strikes of two carrier air wings against a bridge. The target area was the scene of an intense air-to-ground battle, many surface-to-air missiles were being fired and heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire was observed in all directions. With full knowledge of the serious hazards involved, Captain Powers courageously led the Air Force aircraft into battle. His bombs and those of the Air Force aircraft which he led inflicted severe damage to both missile sites. By his superior aeronautical skill and valiant determination, Captain Powers upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
    Action Date: October 31, 1965
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Captain
    Company: Attack Squadron 164 (VA-164)
    Division: U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34)

    Prisoner of War Medal

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    Captain Trent Richard Powers, United States Navy, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from October 31, 1965 until his death in captivity. [Note: There is no evidence the POW Medal was actually authorized or awarded, despite his obvious captivity, nor is he listed by D.P.M.O. with other Vietnam War personnel.]

    Action Date: 31-Oct-65

    Service: Navy

    Rank: Captain

    Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

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