Aldern, Donald Deane, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service Years
1952 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sioux Falls
Last Address
Sioux Falls

Casualty Date
Jun 29, 1970
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09W 101

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training CourseNAS AlamedaVU-7
USS Hornet (CVA-12)VF-94 Mighty ShrikesNAS Moffett FieldUSS Yorktown (CVA-10)
Air Task Group 4 (ATG-4)United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)/StaffUSS Enterprise (CVN-65)NAS Cecil Field
VF-174 HellrazorsNAS Oceana, VAFighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red RippersUSS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
NAS MiramarVF-191 Satan's KittensUSS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)USAF Air War College
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1952-1953, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1953-1954, Advanced Flight Training Course
  1954-1954, 131X, NAS Alameda
  1954-1954, 131X, VU-7
  1954-1955, 131X, USS Hornet (CVA-12)
  1954-1958, 131X, VF-94 Mighty Shrikes
  1955-1958, 131X, NAS Moffett Field
  1956-1956, 131X, USS Yorktown (CVA-10)
  1956-1956, 00X, Air Task Group 4 (ATG-4)
  1958-1961, 131X, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)/Staff
  1961-1964, 131X, USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
  1964-1965, 131X, NAS Cecil Field
  1964-1965, 131X, VF-174 Hellrazors
  1965-1966, 131X, NAS Oceana, VA
  1965-1966, 131X, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
  1965-1966, 131X, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1966-1968, 131X, NAS Miramar
  1966-1968, 131X, VF-191 Satan's Kittens
  1966-1968, 131X, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
  1968-1969, 131X, USAF Air War College
  1969-1970, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1966-1967 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (68)
  1969-1969 Training Exercise - UNITAS '69
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (70)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1948-1952, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Commander Aldern was promoted to Captain while in a Missing in Action Status.
Not Specified
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