Edwards, Harry Sanford, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 131X, VA-153 Blue Tail Flies
Service Years
1964 - 1966
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Decatur, GA
Last Address
Decatur, GA

Casualty Date
Oct 20, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 091

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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1996, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
NAS LemooreUSS Constellation (CVA-64)VA-153 Blue Tail Flies
  1965-1966, 131X, NAS Lemoore
  1966-1966, 131X, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
  1966-1966, 131X, VA-153 Blue Tail Flies
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War
  1966-1966 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1966-1966 Operation Rolling Thunder
  1966-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of Technology
  1960-1964, Georgia Institute of Technology
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Service Dates
  Tribute From College Friend.
  Aug 28, 1996, Remains Identified
  Oct 24, 2012, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
  Grade at loss:   O2
  Rank:            Lieutenant Commander
  Note:            Promoted while in MIA status

Loss Coordinates: 202100N 1060800E (XH175508)
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C
Refno: 0500

Lt.Cdr. Harry S. Edwards, Jr. was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 153 onboard the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64). On October 20, 1966 he launched in his A4C "Skyhawk" as the number two man in a flight of six A4s and two F4 Phantom jets. Their mission was to bomb the Trinh Xu Yen Bridge at Nam Dinh, Nam Ha Province, North Vietnam.
 
Edwards entered a 45 degree dive bombing attack on the bridge, following the flight leader. The number 3 man in the flight say Edwards' aircraft impact the ground approximately 300 yards east of the bridge. A large fireball was observed at the crash site. No attempt to recover from the dive was noted; no radio transmissions were hears; no ejection or parachute was seen; and no emergency radio beeper signals were heard.
 
A thorough visual search of the target area by the remainder of the flight failed to produce any evidence of Lt.Cdr. Edwards' survival. There was moderate 85 mm anti-aircraft fire observed enroute to the target area. No enemy fire was observed in the immediate area of the attack, however, numerous active anti-aircraft sites were known to be in the area. This was Harry S. Edwards' second combat mission.
 
After visual searches failed to locate Edwards, he was classified Missing in Action.

  Remains:         1974 Delcared Dead
  status: Body Not Recovered. Found later.
  Repatriated:     11/03/1988 (Returned to US soil)
  Identified:         08/02/1996
   
Comments/Citation
Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia has established an educational scholarship at Decatur High School in memory of LTJG Edwards.

A good friend
Harry was a good friend and fraternity brother at Georgia Tech. I will never forget the sadness that I felt when I heard that he was missing in action. We all hoped that eventually he would be listed as a POW, but unfortunately that was not to be. He lives forever in our hearts.
Posted by: John A. Harrison
Relationship: We were college classmates
Thursday, June 1, 2000

Rememberance
Harry was a good friend to everyone in the Decatur High School class of 1960. He was a brave, dedicated Naval aviator. We miss him and the contribution he would have made to us all.
Posted by: James L Moore
Relationship: We were high school classmates
Thursday, July 19, 2012
   
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