Nystrom, Bruce August, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 131X, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
Service Years
1945 - 1966

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Marion, OH
Last Address
Marion, OH

Casualty Date
Dec 02, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Helens Cemetery - Malone, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 13E, Line 6

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Last Known Activity

On 02 Dec 1966 two A-4C aircraft from Attack Squadron 172 embarked in USS ROOSEVELT disappeared during a night armed reconnaissance mission near Phuc Nhac, about 50 miles south of Haiphong. The two were A-4C 145143, CDR Bruce A. Nystrom, Marion, OH, and A-4C 145116, ENS Paul L. Worrell, Philadelphia, PA.
Captain Nystrom entered the service in 1948 after graduation from Stanford University and flew the F4U Corsair during the Korean War. He joined VA-172 as Executive Officer in December 1964 and took command of the squadron on 23 December 1965.
CDR Nystrom, Commanding Officer of VA-172, was the section lead. Other aircraft in the area heard ENS Worrell advise his lead that he had a surface-to-air warning indication. CDR Nystrom responded with instructions to begin evasive maneuvers and then announced that he held SAM launch indications. A pilot some distance away saw what appeared to be two SAM launches followed shortly thereafter by two mid-air explosions which he interpreted as SAM strikes. Subsequent search and rescue efforts were fruitless; no further contact was made with either CDR Nystrom or ENS Worrell, perhaps indicating that neither man was able to leave his aircraft. Both were classed as Missing in Action and were promoted while in that status. The Secretary of the Navy eventually approved Presumptive Findings of death for the two men, Captain Nystrom on 08 Aug 1978 and LCDR Worrell on 26 April 1978.

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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffVF-153 Blue Tail FliesUSS Princeton (CV-37)VF-193 Ghostriders
US NavyVF-82 Fighting FoolsUSS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)USS Intrepid (CVA-11)
NAS KodiakNaval War College (Staff)VA-44 HornetsVA-172 Blue Bolts
USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1945-1948, 110X, V-12 Navy College Training Program
  1949-1949, VF-153 Blue Tail Flies
  1950-1952, 6302, USS Princeton (CV-37)
  1951-1952, 6302, VF-193 Ghostriders
  1952-1953, 6302, Chief Naval Air Basic Training (CNABATRA)
  1953-1955, VF-82 Fighting Fools
  1954-1954, 131X, USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)
  1955-1955, 131X, USS Intrepid (CVA-11)
  1960-1962, 131X, NAS Kodiak
  1962-1963, 131X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1963-1964, 131X, VA-44 Hornets
  1964-1966, 131X, VA-172 Blue Bolts
  1966-1966, 131X, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Hungnam Evacuation
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
 Colleges Attended 
Denison UniversityUnion CollegeStanford UniversityNaval War College
  1945-1946, Denison University
  1946-1948, Union College
  1954-1958, Stanford University
  1962-1964, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service Dates
  Nystrom family portrait1
  Nov 03, 1948, Plane Lands on Coast Road1
  Mar 27, 1949, Married Nancy L Nicoll
  Jun 03, 1949, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jan 20, 1951, In the Service1
  May 26, 1951, Marion Airman Flies 50 Missions in Korea1
  Jul 02, 1954, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 18, 1958, Engineering degree1
  Jul 01, 1959, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1964, Promoted to Commander
  Dec 02, 1966, Vietnam War Miliatry Casualties
  Dec 10, 1966, Marion Airman is Missing in Action1
  Sep 01, 1969, Promoted to Captain
  Dec 19, 1987, Plaque Honors Harding Grads1
  Jun 26, 2013, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
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
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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