Anderson, Denis Leon, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 131X, VO-67
Service Years
1966 - 1968
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hope, KS
Last Address
Hope, KS

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 027 / Section 60 Site 8139

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial American Battle Monuments Commission
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAS AlamedaVO-67
  1967-1967, 131X, NAS Alameda
  1967-1968, 131X, VO-67
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii (NNS)
  Jul 10, 2001, Remains Return to US Soil
  Aug 07, 2001, Discovery of remains heartens Kansans
  Aug 08, 2001, Story By Stan Finger
  May 20, 2003, Remains Identified
  Jun 06, 2003, Arlington Interment Date 1
  Jul 18, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Delbert Olson was the pilot of an OP2E electronic observation aircraft assigned to Observation Squadron 67 at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. On January 11, 1968, he and a crew of eight, including Denis Anderson, were dispatched on an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos. The aircraft lost radio and radar contact at 9:57 a.m. When the plane failed to return within a reasonable time, an extensive visual, electronic and photographic search was conducted in the area of the aircraft's last known position. On January 23, a USAF A1 located a suspected crash site. On January 25th an O2 from the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron photographed the site. Using the photographs for photo interpretation, and in conjunction with visual air reconnaissance of the site, it was determined that the wreckage was that of Commander Olson's aircraft. The aircraft crashed on the northern side of a sheer cliff, 150 feet below the 4583 foot summit line, about 15 kilometers northeast of Ban Nalouangnua, Khammouane Province, Laos. It was decided that all indications were that there were no survivors and most probably no identifiable remains. Because of the heavy jungle canopy, irregular terrain and the close proximity of enemy forces, no ground team was inserted to inspect the crash site for remains. There was no indication as to the exact cause of the crash. All members of the crew were placed in an initial casualty status of Missing In Action. On February 23, 1968, the crew was placed in a casualty status of Presumed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Anderson, United States Naval Reserve, was a member of Observation Squadron 67 located at the Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. On January 11, 1968, he was a crew member of a Lockheed Neptune Observation Patrol Aircraft (OP-2E) on an armed reconnaissance over Ban Nalouangua, Khammouane Province, Laos, where it crashed. His remains were recovered on July 10, 2001 and identified on May 20 2003. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
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