Gates, Robert Sidney, CTC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
CT-0000-Cryptologic Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Cryptologic Technician
Primary Unit
1969-1969, CTO-0000, NSA Danang, Vietnam/Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam
Service Years
1953 - 1969
CT-Cryptologic Technician (not specified)
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Dec 28, 1969
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hamilton Cemetery - Hamilton, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15W 103

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
NSGA Kamiseya JapanSERE SchoolNaval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)NAVCOMMSTA - NAVCOMSTA - NCS
NSA Danang, Vietnam/Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam
  1967-1969, CTO-0000, NSGA Kamiseya Japan
  1969-1969, CTO-0000, SERE School
  1969-1969, CTO-0000, Naval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)
  1969-1969, CTO-0000, NAVCOMMSTA - NAVCOMSTA - NCS
  1969-1969, CTO-0000, NSA Danang, Vietnam/Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The POPASMOKE incident reads: Ran into Hai-Van Pass at night under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). They were coming back from Phu Bai and had filed an IFR flight plan. They were experiencing radio problems and were cleared at 5,000 feet mean sea level but read back and flew the flight at 3,000 feet MSL. Da Nang Approach Control made numerous attempts to alert the crew to their mistake and transmitted on all UHF frequencies at their disposal, including Guard, with transmissions such as, "Swift #__ Turn left, you have a mountain at your 12 o'clock, distance 2 miles!" The crew never responded and flew into Hai-Van Pass under IMC conditions, impacted the terrain and all aboard were killed instantly. Information provided by Walt Wise, 1stLt. USMCR; Terry D. McDade, Sgt. USMC; William N. "Pappy" Hill, MGySgt USMC(Ret)

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