Elkins, Frank Callihan, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 131X, VA-164 Ghost Riders
Service Years
1956 - 1966
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Wilmington National Cemetery - Wilmington, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 11E Line 068

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

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

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Direct Commission Officer School Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training CourseNaval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Staff)
VA-44 HornetsNAS Cecil FieldVA-34 Blue BlastersUSS Saratoga (CVA-60)
VA-164 Ghost RidersUSS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1956-1956, Direct Commission Officer School
  1957-1957, 00X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1957-1958, 131X, Advanced Flight Training Course
  1962-1962, 131X, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Staff)
  1962-1962, 131X, VA-44 Hornets
  1962-1966, 131X, NAS Cecil Field
  1964-1965, 131X, VA-34 Blue Blasters
  1964-1965, 131X, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
  1966-1966, 131X, VA-164 Ghost Riders
  1966-1966, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
  1966-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
  1966-1966 Operation Rolling Thunder I
  1966-1966 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
 Colleges Attended 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  1959-1960, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Then-Lieutenant Frank Elkins was assigned to Attack Squadron 164 (VA-164) embarked in USS ORISKANY. On October 12, 1966, he was on a strike mission near the city of Tho Trang, about five miles from the coast of Nghe An Province, when his A-4E Skyhawk was hit by a Surface-to-Air missile (SAM). It was not known what happened to Elkins after the crash of his aircraft, and he was classified Missing in Action. In March 1990, the Vietnamese "discovered" the mortal remains of Elkins and returned them to U.S. control. 




McDonnell Douglas
A-4 Skyhawk Attack Bomber


The name Oriskany was originally assigned to CV-18, but that hull was renamed Wasp when the keel was laid in 1942. CV-34 was laid down 1 May 1944 by the New York Naval Shipyard, launched 13 October 1945, and sponsored by Mrs. Clarence Cannon. Construction was suspended on 12 August 1947, when the ship was approximately 85% complete. Oriskany was redesigned as the prototype for the SCB-27 modernization program. To handle the new generation of carrier aircraft, the flight deck structure was massively reinforced. Stronger elevators, more powerful hydraulic catapults, and new arresting gear were installed. The island structure was rebuilt, the anti-aircraft turrets were removed, and blisters were added to the hull. Blistering the hull (also known as adding bulges) increases the cross-sectional area of a ship's hull, thereby increasing its buoyancy and stability. It also provides increased bunker volume. In the case of the Oriskany, this would have been for aviation fuel. These features would have been crucial to a ship that had so much topside weight added after its original design. Oriskany was commissioned in the New York Naval Shipyard 25 September 1950, Captain Percy H. Lyon in command.
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