McDonough, John Richard, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
Service Years
1962 - 1966

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
South Orange, NJ
Last Address
264 Walton Ave
South Orange, NJ

Casualty Date
Jun 20, 1966
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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John Richard McDonough was born in Newark, NJ, on May 10, 1939.  His home of record is South Orange, NJ. He enlisted in the US Navy where he attained the rank of a Lieutenant (LT).  He was eventually assigned to Vietnam where he was a pilot.  McDonough served on the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron Thirteen (VAW-13), onboard the USS Hancock (CVA 19).

McDonough was listed as missing in action on June 20, 1966, when his aircraft sunk.

Synopsis (from the POW Network) as to the circumstances behind being listed as MIA:
On June 20, 1966, LT McDonough was on a night catapult launch.  During the launch, the bridle, which connected the aircraft to the catapult, broke.  The aircraft launched off the bow of the carrier with insufficient airspeed for flight. The aircraft ditched and sunk immediately.  According to records, LT McDonough did not attempt an ejection from the aircraft.  Neither McDonough nor the aircraft were recovered

LT McDonough was listed as missing in action because his remains were not found.  He was placed on a casualty status of Deceased/Body Not Recovered.

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
VAW-11USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)VAW-13 ZappersUSS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
  1964-1965, 131X, VAW-11
  1964-1965, 131X, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1965-1966, 131X, VAW-13 Zappers
  1965-1966, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Operation Rolling Thunder I
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  War and service memorials
  Dec 06, 1963, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 20, 1966, Vietnam War Miliatry Casualties
  Dec 17, 2017, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2016, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
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