Aiau, Harvey Chadwick K, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1970, 131X, VQ-1 World Watchers
Service Years
1953 - 1970
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1970
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 002 / SECTION D SITE 132-D

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
VQ-1 World Watchers
  1968-1970, 131X, VQ-1 World Watchers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1949-1953, United States Naval Academy3
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Full Name ~ Harvey Chadwick Kamohoalii Aiau
  Jul 04, 1953, Service entry date and information
  Dec 05, 1954, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1957, Promoted to Lieutenant
  May 01, 1963, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 18, 2012, General Photos2
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Last Known Activity
The Mission

LCDR Aiau was the plane commander for this EC-121M from Navy Squadron Faireconron-One (VQ-1) which crashed in Danang on March 16, 1970. He and his crew were just starting their rotation for duty in Danang. Permanently stationed at NAS Atsugi, Japan, VQ-1 had a detachment in Danang. The detachment's mission was to provide Mig, SAM and AAA warnings to US aircraft flying over the Gulf of Tonkin and on missions into North Vietnam. Although LCDR Aiau was the plane commander, there were typically three pilots on the 32 member crew and the pilots would share the duties since missions could be 10-12 hours long. In this case, one of the other pilots was at the controls. One of the four engines was having some problem and was feathered during the landing. This is not considered a serious emergency, but the tower at Danang was probably aware of it. Apparently, the "line up" for the landing wasn't correct and the pilot at the controls decided to waive off and come around again for a landing. The plane was on final and, when the pilot pulled out of the approach, the right wing dropped too far and caught the top of a revetment for an Air Force F-4 on the Air Force side of the field. The plane took a nose down attitude and crashed. The tail section separated from the aircraft and flew for a few hundred feet before landing. Eight crew members in this aft section of the plane survived. Although ground personnel made heroic efforts to rescue the 31 men aboard the EC-121 - braving gasoline and jet fuel fires and the risk of electrocution - 23 men were either dead or fatally injured. 

Lieutenant Commander Aiau was one of the 23 dead. 
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