Greiling, David Scott, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1968, USS America (CV-66)
Service Years
1958 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hillsdale, MI
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 24, 1968
Hostile, Died while Captured
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
51W 049 / Court B (Cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
VA-113 StingersUSS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)VA-82 Marauders
USS America (CV-66)
  1961-1964, 131X, VA-113 Stingers
  1963-1963, 131X, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1965-1967, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1967-1968, VA-82 Marauders
  1968-1968, USS America (CV-66)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1968-1968 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Purdue UniversityNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1953-1957, Purdue University
  1958-1960, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 24, 2013, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Attack Squadron 82 was reactivated 01 May 1967 and equipped with the A-7A light attack aircraft. LCDR David Scott Greiling was a "plank-owner" and Department Head in the squadron. VA-82 deployed aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66) as part of Carrier Air Wing 6. The ship departed Norfolk, Virginia, in April 1968 for its first Viet Nam cruise. AMERICA began combat operations immediately upon her arrival on Yankee Station in early May. By late July, the air wing was fully seasoned and engaged in day and night combat operations in North Vietnam and the NVN/Laotian border areas.

On 24 July, LCDR Greiling led a section (2 aircraft) on a night armed reconnaissance mission -- a truck-busting mission. The section undertook an attack on a truck convoy in the vicinity of Cape Mui Ron, NVN. LCDR Greiling, as lead, was first in. His wingman observed a large explosion and fires in the target area and initially considered them to be the result of Greiling's attack. However, when he realized that he had lost radio contact with Greiling, he also realized that the explosion and residual fire probably represented a crash site.

Other air wing aircraft in the area immediately undertook combat SAR. The crash site was on the side of a karst ridgeline, about 500 feet below the crest. No beeper was heard, nor was there any radio contact with Greiling. Following-day SAR efforts failed to locate Greiling, who was placed in MIA status. 

In 1969, a Polish seaman reported evidence that Greiling was a captive in North Vietnam. Although his status was changed from MIA to POW, the North Vietnamese never acknowledged capturing LCDR Greiling, and he did not return with the POWs released in early 1973. The returning POWs knew nothing of LCDR Greiling's fate. On 14 Sep 1973, the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for him, changing his status from POW to "Died while Captured."

Within the air wing, the concensus was that LCDR David Scott Greiling died that night -- it was overcast with multiple cloud layers and mountains rising above the pull-out altitude, not a good night for low-level visual bombing.
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