Edwards, John Thomas, AT2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
AT-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1965-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
Service Years
1961 - 1967
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dayton, OH
Last Address
Dayton, OH

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Accident
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
Location of Interment
Staunton National Cemetery - Staunton, Virginia
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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red RippersUSS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1965-1967, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
  1965-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 01, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Aviation Electrician's Mate Second Class John Thomas Edwards (NSN: 4926671), United States Navy, for heroism on 29 July 1967, while serving with a fighter squadron aboard U.S.S. FORRESTAL (CVA-59). When a devastating fire broke out aboard FORRESTAL, accompanied by bomb detonations from aircraft on the flight deck directly above his compartment, he remained in the bomb-ravaged compartment to alert his shipmates of the danger. He led one group of men from the compartment to safety, but when he returned a second time he was overcome and lost his life.

General Orders: All Hands (November 1968)
Action Date: July 29, 1967
Service: Navy
Rank: Petty Officer 2nd Class
SHIP: U.S.S. Forrestal (CVA-59)
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