Conner, Edwin Ray, ADCS

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Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
ADJ-0000-Aviation Machinist Mate-Jet
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1970-1970, ADJ-0000, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
Service Years
1950 - 1970
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Cold War
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate
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Casualty Date
May 16, 1970
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Not Specified
In The Line of Duty
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Not Specified
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Order of the Shellback Navy Chief Initiated Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

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Found this message from his son.

Dad, it has been over 30 years since you went on your last cruise. A lot has happened since then. You have always been in my thoughts and prayers. Your memory is treasured in my house and I make sure that my children at least have an idea of who you were. They know you were a man of principle and a hard working honest man. I know that you did what you enjoyed and that was flying. I will always honor your memory and remember, all of us miss you terribly.

Love You, your son Dave 

On May 15,1969, one of VAQ-130's detachments was enlarged into a new Tactical Electronic Warfare squadron, VAQ-135, homeported at NAS Alameda, California. The new unit first deployed to Southeast Asia aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in September, 1969.

On 16 May 1970, one of VAQ-135's EKA-3B aircraft (BuNo 142657) was transiting from the Naval Air Station at Cubi Point, Philippines, to USS CORAL SEA on Yankee Station. As the aircraft approached Yankee Station it was diverted to land at Danang Air Base in South Vietnam. During the diversion radar contact was lost. Search and rescue operations found wreckage and recovered the body of one crewman. Three men died in the loss:

  • CDR Richard R. Skeen, pilot
  • LCDR Eugene F. McNally, navigator (body recovered)
  • ADCS Edwin R. Conner, flight engineer
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 10W 048

  Start Tour:     Not recorded
  Incident Date:  Saturday, 05/16/1970
  Cas Date:       Saturday, 05/16/1970
  Age at Loss:    35
  Remains:        Body Not Recovered
  Location:       Offshore, Military Region 1, South Vietnam
  Type:           Non-hostile, Died While Missing
  Reason:         Air Loss, Crash - Sea - Fixed Wing - Crew
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VAQ-135 Black RavensUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1970-1970, ADJ-0000, VAQ-135 Black Ravens
  1970-1970, ADJ-0000, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
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  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
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