Barnett, Charles Edward, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 131X, VA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
Service Years
1956 - 1972

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Houston, TX
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 23, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 029 / Section 28, Site 3278

 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 RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial American Battle Monuments Commission
  1972, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
VA-95 Green LizardsUSS Ranger (CVA-61)NROTC (Staff)VA-195 Dam Busters
USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)USS Midway (CVA-41)VA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
  1961-1964, 131X, VA-95 Green Lizards
  1962-1962, 131X, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1963-1965, 131X, University of Illinois NROTC (Cadre)
  1965-1969, 131X, VA-195 Dam Busters
  1967-1967, 131X, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
  1971-1972, 131X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1972-1972, 131X, VA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War
  1972-1972 Vietnam War
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Operation Linebacker I
 Colleges Attended 
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1952-1956, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1962-1963, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Commander Charles E. Barnett was the Commanding Officer and a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 93 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA-41). On May 23, 1972 at 12:00 p.m., Cdr. Barnett launched in his A7B "Corsair" aircraft (Bu Nu. 154405) as the flight leader of a strike mission into Nam Dinh, North Vietnam. Cdr. Barnett and his wingman preceeded the strike group to suppress the two known active surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites.

As the strike group withdrew from their attack, Cdr. Barnett and his wingman followed. At approximately 6-8 miles from the coast-out point, Cdr. Barnett directed his wingman over the radio to increase his speed and maneuver. Approximately twenty seconds later, he transmitted to his wingman that he had an electronic indication of a SAM radar. The wingman heard no further transmissions from him and lost sight of him. The wingman attempted to contact Cdr. Barnett by radio but with negative results. The wingman observed what appeared to be an aircraft crash site and a column of smoke about five miles inland. Search and rescue efforts produced negative results.

According to the U.S. Navy, that is the end of the story. Commander Barnett was maintained in a casualty status of Missing In Action, which was changed administratively to Presumed Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered on June 15, 1975.

A Vietnamese publication called Nhan Dan reported that Commander Barnett's body fell into a field from his crippled aircraft, but at the end of the war, after having signing an agreement to release all prisoners and account for as many missing as possible, the Vietnamese denied any knowledge of Commander Barnett.

On November 3, 1988, the Vietnamese "discovered" they had the remains of Commander Barnett and returned them to U.S. control. After going through the identification process in the U.S., it was announced in early February 1988 that Commander Barnett had come home.
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