Gan, Leonardo Medina, YNC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
YN-2525-Chaplain's Yeoman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1969, YN-0000, USS Walke (DD-723)
Service Years
1947 - 1969
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Casualty Info
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Casualty Date
Oct 02, 1969
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
W17 026 /Cenotaph

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Navy Chief Initiated Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Fleet Support Squadron 50 (VRC-50), based at Naval Air Station Atsugi in Japan provided "air taxi" service between shore bases and carriers at sea. VRC-50 maintained a detachment at Naval Air Station Cubi Point, part of the Navy complex at Subic Bay in the Philippines. The Cubi Point det was dedicated to supporting the carrier task forces operating in the Gulf of Tonkin.

In the early morning hours of 02 Oct 1969 a VRC-50 C-2A departed Cubi Point on a logistics flight to the carrier USS CONSTELLATION. Twenty-six men were aboard - five aircrew, 20 sailors from TF 77 ships and squadrons, and a civilian technical representative, Mr. Frank Bytheway. Shortly before 6 AM, as the aircraft approached CONSTELLATION for landing, the C-2 disappeared from the approach controller's radar scope. Search and rescue efforts began at once, with helicopters overhead the C-2's last known position within minutes of its disappearance. SAR efforts continued through the day but failed to locate anything except an oil slick and aircraft fragments. No human remains were recovered. Since there was no doubt the 26 men aboard had died in the incident they were classed as Died/Body not Recovered.

As it happens, one of The Virtual Wall staff was embarked in CONSTELLATION at the time of this incident and vividly recalls the Task Group's efforts to recover survivors. CONSTELLATION detached three destroyers for surface search and of course provided helicopters for air search. The SAR effort reluctantly was terminated at sundown on 02 October. A memorial service was held aboard CONSTELLATION in remembrance of our shipmates lost at sea.



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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Walke (DD-723)
  1966-1969, YN-0000, USS Walke (DD-723)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1968 PIRAZ Station SAR, North Vietnam
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (68-69)/Operation Daring Endeavor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Notes from the Wall
  Oct 02, 2014, General Photos1
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