Hubbs, Donald Richard, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1968, USS Yorktown (CVS-10)
Service Years
1948 - 1968

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 17, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
45E 012

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                Antisubmarine Squadron 23, 
                         USS YORKTOWN, TF 77, 7TH FLEET

                            USS Yorktown (CV/CVA/CVS-10)





                                     GRUMMAN S-2 Tracker




The Hurt of One is the Hurt of All . . .


As submarine action in Vietnam was virtually (if not completely) unknown, a wide variety of activities were conducted by Anti-submarine units in Vietnam. Because Anti-submarine warfare involves the use of magnetic detection gear or acoustic buoys in conjunction with "listening" devices, anti-submarine aircraft and the crews' training proved especially adaptable to reconnaissance and tracking missions.

On March 17, 1968, Hubbs and his crew launched from the YORKTOWN on a night surveillance mission over the North Vietnam coast in the area of Vinh. Weather was bad with zero visibility. Approximately one hour after launch, the aircraft reported radar problems. No other transmissions were heard, and the aircraft disappeared from the ship's radar scope. All efforts to make contact were unsuccessful. However, five hours after the last contact, radio signals were heard, and North Vietnamese fishing boats were spotted in the area the next day.

The last point of contact occurred about 30 miles off the shore of North Vietnam about 25 miles east southeast of the island of Hon Me.

On July 2O, 1968, a section of the starboard wing was found. During the period of July, 1973, through September, 1973, an over water/at-sea casualty resolution operation was conducted to determine the feasibility and desirability of such water loses. These operations were terminated when it was determined to be unfeasible and nonproductive in such cases. Commander Hubbs and the rest of his crew are still carried in the status of Presumed Dead/Remains non-recoverable. 


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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training CourseVT-9 TigersFASOTRAGRUPAC (Staff), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Staff)
VS-23 Black CatsUSS Yorktown (CVS-10)
  1948-1948, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1949-1949, Advanced Flight Training Course
  1950-1950, VT-9 Tigers
  1952-1952, Det Miramar (Staff), FASOTRAGRUPAC (Staff)
  1964-1968, VS-23 Black Cats
  1967-1968, USS Yorktown (CVS-10)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1968 PIRAZ Station SAR, North Vietnam
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 22, 2018, General Photos4
 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
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