Brooks, Nicholas George, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1970, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Service Years
1966 - 1970
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Newburgh, NY
Last Address
Newburgh, NY

Casualty Date
Jan 02, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15W 117 / Section: MI Grave: 185

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Air Station Whidbey IslandVA-196 Main BatteryUSS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1967-1970, 132X, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  1969-1970, VA-196 Main Battery
  1969-1970, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1962-1966, United States Naval Academy1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Remains Returned in 1982
  Nov 11, 2007, Tribute From Phyllis Harding
  Jun 22, 2015, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 2 January 1970, Lt. Bruce C. Fryar, pilot; and then Lt. Nicholas G. Brook, bombardier/navigator; launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in an A6A as the lead aircraft in a flight of two on an bombing mission against targets in Laos. The targets were located in the foothills on south side of a jungle-covered mountain range approximately 59 miles due west of the major North Vietnamese port city of Dong Hoi, 7 miles southwest of the Lao/Vietnamese border and 5 mile northeast of Ban Senphon, Khammouan Province, Laos.

At 1800 hours, during their visual dive bombing attack, the Intruder was struck by anti-aircraft artillery fire, immediately began breaking up and exploded upon impacting the ground. Two parachutes were sighted by both the strike control aircraft and the downed aircraft's wingman, and two survival signals were heard by them. Further, one man was sighted on the ground in a prone position with the parachute still attached. When search and rescue (SAR) personnel arrived on site a short time later, a pararescueman (PJ) was lowered to the ground. He attempted to attach the unconscious flyer to a hoist for rescue, however, heavy enemy fire forced the SAR aircraft away before that could be accomplished. The PJ had sparse seconds to attempt the recovery, but in that time, was able to positively identify the downed crewman as Lt. Fryar. Darkness precluded further rescue attempts that day. The next morning at first light SAR aircraft returned to the known location of Bruce Fryar only to find that both the pilot and his parachute had been removed. Over the next several days visual and electronic searches continued, but found no trace of either crewman. At the time SAR efforts were terminated, both Bruce Fryar and Nicholas Brooks were listed Missing in Action. Lt. Brooks family learned through intelligence reports that he had been captured and was believed to have attempted at least three escape attempts only to be recaptured.

On 3 February 1982, Lao Nationals, frequently referred to as Freedom Fighters, recovered and turned over Nicholas Brook's remains to an American citizen working with resistance elements in Laos. Those remains subsequently identified as his on 4 March 1982. Bruce C. Fryar is among nearly 600 Americans who disappeared in Laos. Many of these men were known to be alive on the ground. The Laotians admitted holding "tens of tens" of American Prisoners of War, but these men were never negotiated for either by direct negotiation between our countries or through the Paris Peace Accords which ended the War in Vietnam since Laos was not a party to that agreement.
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