Bell, Richard William, AT3

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
ATR-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician Radar and Radar Navigation Equipment
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1969-1969, ATR-0000, USS Constellation (CV-64)
Service Years
1966 - 1969
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gibsonia, PA
Last Address
Gibsonia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 02, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 024

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Advancement Schools and CoursesVF-142USS Constellation (CV-64)
  1966-1967, Basic Electronics and Electricity School (BE&E) Course
  1967-1967, ATR-0000, Advanced First Term Avionics Course
  1967-1969, ATR-0000, VF-142
  1969-1969, ATR-0000, USS Constellation (CV-64)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Oct 03, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Fleet Support Squadron 50 (VRC-50), based at Naval Air Station Atsugi in Japan provided "air taxi" service between shore bases and carriers at sea. VRC-50 maintained a detachment at Naval Air Station Cubi Point, part of the Navy complex at Subic Bay in the Philippines. The Cubi Point det was dedicated to supporting the carrier task forces operating in the Gulf of Tonkin.


In the early morning hours of 02 Oct 1969 a VRC-50 C-2A departed Cubi Point on a logistics flight to the carrier USS CONSTELLATION. Twentysix men were aboard - five aircrew, 20 sailors from TF 77 ships and squadrons, and a civilian technical representative, Mr. Frank Bytheway. Shortly before 6 AM, as the aircraft approached CONSTELLATION for landing, the C-2 disappeared from the approach controller's radar scope. Search and rescue efforts began at once, with helicopters overhead the C-2's last known position within minutes of its disappearance. SAR efforts continued through the day but failed to locate anything except an oil slick and aircraft fragments. No human remains were recovered. Since there was no doubt the 26 men aboard had died in the incident they were classed as Died/Body not Recovered.

   
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