Bixel, Michael Sargent, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 132X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
Service Years
1969 - 1972
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Last Address
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1972
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 083

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe Nam
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2021, The Nam

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Naval Flight Officer Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
VFA-115 EaglesUSS Midway (CVA-41)
  1972-1972, 132X, VFA-115 Eagles
  1972-1972, 132X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Operation Linebacker I
 Colleges Attended 
  1967-1967, Okaloosa-Walton College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 14, 1998, Remembered: Dave Anderson
  Nov 10, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
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From - Tue Jul 14 07:11:12 1998
I was a veteran of the air war over North Viet Nam.  I noted the lack of information for Mike Bixel and thought I would pass along what I remember and you can decide if it is useful.
Also in that same squadron (VA-115 on USS MIDWAY) was Mike Bixel.  Mike and I trained together at Whidbey Island before deploying.  Mike was lost during a night carrier landing accident on the USS Midway.  His pilot was Bruce Kallsen who survived the accident.  It was a horrible accident in which several men died on the carrier deck from the crash and the subsequent fire.  Bruce and Mike had landed in a sideslip which sheared off one of the main landing gear of the A-6A when it touched down on the deck. The plane continued up the axial deck to impact the planes parked on the bow.  Mike ejected just prior to hitting the parked planes.  The pure heroism of the flight deck crew in quickly putting out the fire limited damage to the ship and saved lives.  Mike was not seen after the ejection. It is uncertain if his parachute had time to open.  Most agreed that Mike had time to make a safe entry into the water.  The search for Mike and others who may have gone into the water was unsuccessful.  Mike Bixel was a fine shipmate and excellent officer who deserves to be remembered. Sometimes it seems that the absolute best amongst us didn't come home.

Dave Anderson 
July 1998

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