Galvin, Ronald Edmond, ATC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
AT-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1966-1967, AT-0000, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
Service Years
1959 - 1967
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
Two Hash Marks

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
River Forest, Il
Last Address
River Forest, IL

Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E 040 / Court 8

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar
Air Crew Wings

 Duty Stations
VAH-4 Four RunnersUSS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1966-1967, AT-0000, VAH-4 Four Runners
  1966-1967, AT-0000, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
  1967-1967 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 8 March 1967, Holly Green, an A-3B (BuNo 144627) Launched with LCDR Carrol O. Crain, Jr., pilot; Ltjg Pawlish, co-pilot; and ATN2 Galvin, aviation electronics technician, from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) to conduct a night mining mission in North Vietnam. Since the Skywarrior's mission deep in enemy held territory, it was provided with fighter escort as protection against enemy aircraft attack.

The Skywarrior's launch was normal and contact was maintained with the aircrew for 20 minutes. The last radio contact was made at 2020 hours when the aircraft was passing over the northern edge of Hon Gio Island approximately 13 miles due east of the coastline and 30 miles north-northeast of the major port city of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. In his last radio transmission LCDR Crain stated the mission was progressing normally.

When contact with the Skywarrior could not be re-established, a search and rescue (SAR) operation was immediately initiated and continued for several days. Aircraft from the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Ticonderoga, as well as the destroyer the USS Ingersol, participated in the visual and electronic search along the Skywarrior's flight path, particularly in and around the area of last contact. Unfortunately, no parachutes or survival rafts were seen and no emergency beepers heard emanating from either water or the nearby island. At the time the SAR operation was terminated, Carrol Crain, George Pawlish and Ronald Galvin were listed Missing in Action.

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