Bisz, Ralph Campion, LCDR

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Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 131X, VA-163 Saints
Service Years
1964 - 1967
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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Golden Dragon
Lieutenant Commander
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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Miami
Last Address
Miami

Casualty Date
Aug 04, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 078

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VA-163 SaintsUSS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1967-1967, 131X, VA-163 Saints
  1967-1967, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
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  1967-1967 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Deployment - Western Pacific (WESTPAC) Cruise '67
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
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IN REMEMBRANCE OF A FINE YOUNG UNITED STATES NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

POSTED ON 6/21/08 - BY CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
RALPH CAMPION BISZ

Name: RALPH CAMPION BISZ
Rank/Branch: O2/US Navy
Unit: ATTACK SQUADRON 163 - USS ORISKANY
Date of Birth: 28 March 1942
Home City of Record: Miami, Florida
Date of Loss: 04 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 205300N 1063100E ( XJ577097 )
Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War
Category: 1 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: 
A4E SKYHAWK
Refno: 0785
Other Personnel in Incident: ( none missing )

SYNOPSIS: 

Lieutenant JG RALPH CAMPION BISZ was assigned to Attack Squadron 163. 

On 4 August 1967, Bisz launched on a strike mission against a petroleum storage area near Haiphong. 

Approximately a minute and a half from the target area, four surface-to-air missiles (SAM) were observed lifting from the area northeast of Haiphong. 

The flight maneuvered to avoid the SAMs, however, Bisz' aircraft was observed as it was hit by a SAM by a wingman. 

Bisz' aircraft exploded, burst into flames, and spun downward in a large ball of fire.

Remnants of the aircraft were observed falling down in the large ball of fire until reaching an altitude estimated to be 5,000 feet and then appeared to almost completely burn out prior to reaching the ground. 

No parachute or ejection was observed. 

No emergency beeper or voice communications were received.

His aircraft went down in a heavily populated area in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam. 

Information from an indigenous source which closely parallels his incident indicated that his remains were recovered from the wreckage and taken to Hanoi for burial. 

The U.S. Government listed Ralph Bisz as a Prisoner of War with certain knowledge that the Vietnamese know his fate.

Bisz was placed in a casualty status of Captured on 4 August 1967.

The Navy now says that the possibility of Bisz ejecting was slim. 

If he had ejected, his capture would have taken place in a matter of seconds due to the heavy population concentration in the area and that due to the lack of additional information it is believed that Bisz did not eject from his aircraft and that he was killed on impact of the SAM.

Classified information on Bisz' case was presented to the Vietnamese by General JOHN VESSEY in the fall of 1987 in hopes that the Vietnamese would be able to resolve the mystery of Bisz' fate. 

His case is one of what are called " discrepancy " cases, which should be readily resolved. 

The Vietnamese have not been forthcoming with information on Ralph Bisz.
   
Comments/Citation
The USS ORISKANY (CVA-34) was a World War II-era carrier on duty in Vietnam as early as 1964. 

The USS ORISKANY at one time carried the RF8A ( number 144608 ) that then - Major JOHN HERSCHEL GLENN, the later to be famous Marine Corps astronaut, and even later 
United States Senator, flew in his 1957 transcontinental flight. 

In October, 1966 the USS ORISKANY endured a tragic fire which killed 44 men onboard, but was soon back on station. 

In 1972, the USS ORISKANY had an at-sea accident which resulted in the loss of one of its aircraft elevators, and later lost a screw that put the carrier into drydock in Yokosuka, Japan for major repairs, thus delaying its involvement until the late months of the war.

The USS ORISKANY's 1966 tour was undoubtedly one of the most tragic deployments of the Vietnam conflict. 

This cruise saw eight VA 164 " GHOSTRIDERS " lost; four in the onboard fire, one in an aerial refueling mishap, and another
three in the operational arena. 

The 1967 deployment, which began in June and ended on a chilly January morning as the USS ORISKANY anchored in San
Francisco Bay, earned near legendary status by virtue of extensive losses suffered in the ship's squadrons, including among the GHOSTRIDERS of VA 164, and SAINTS of VA 163. 

One reason may have been that Navy aviators were, at this time, still forbidden to strike surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites which were increasing in number in North Vietnam.
   
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