Coons, Chester Leroy, AD2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1967-1967, ADJ-0000, VO-67
Service Years
1964 - 1968
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate
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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Feb 01, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39E 069

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial American Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Combat Air Crew Wings with 3 Stars

 Duty Stations
NAS AlamedaVO-67
  1966-1966, ADJ-0000, NAS Alameda
  1967-1967, ADJ-0000, VO-67
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)/Battle of Khe Sanh
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Final Mission of ADJ2 Chester L. Coons


On February 17, 1968, an OP-2E from Observation Squadron 67 departed Thailand in a flight of four aircraft on an operational mission over Laos. The crew of the aircraft included CDR Glenn M. Hayden, LTJG James S. Kravitz, LT Curtis F. Thurman, ENS James C. Wonn, AO2 Clayborn W. Ashby Jr., ADJ2 Chester L. Coons, AN Frank A. Dawson, ATN1 Paul N. Donato, and AN James E. Martin. After completion of the first target run, the aircraft reported to its fighter escort and forward air control aircraft that it had been hit by small arms fire but would continue with the second target run. During the second run, the fighter escort reported the starboard engine of the OP-2 on fire. The OP-2 acknowledged the report and aborted the rest of their mission to return to home base. The last radio transmission from the aircraft was, "we're beat up pretty bad." The fighter escort climbed to the top of the overcast to await the OP-2 rendezvous, but the aircraft never emerged from the cloud base. The fighter dropped below the clouds to search for the OP-2 and found burning wreckage. No parachutes were seen, nor were any emergency radio beepers heard. Search and rescue efforts were negative. Investigation of the crash site was not feasible because of enemy presence in the area. The aircraft crashed about 34 kilometers northwest of Xepone in Savannakhet Province, Laos. The crash site was situated 2,800 meters south of route 91 in rugged terrain on the side of a 550 meter ridge, approximately 4 kilometers northwest of Muang Phin. The aircraft was on a reconnaissance mission and carried no ordnance. Because there was no direct witness to the crash of the OP2, it is not known whether any of the crew of nine survived, but assumed that they did not. All nine aboard were classified Killed, Body Not Recovered. Although this aircraft went down in a relatively populous area, it is not known whether the enemy knows the fates of the crewmembers. In 1993 remains identified as crewmen of this aircraft were returned to the United States. [Taken from]

Chester was prior service Air Force(1954-1959), before joining the Navy.
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