Olmstead, Stanley Edward, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 131X, USS Independence (CVA-62)
Service Years
1954 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Marshall, OK
Last Address
Marshall, OK

Casualty Date
Oct 17, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 125

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NAS LakehurstNROTC (Faculty Staff)VF-84 Jolly RogersUSS Independence (CVA-62)
  1955-1957, 131X, NAS Lakehurst
  1958-1962, 131X, NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1962-1965, 131X, VF-84 Jolly Rogers
  1965-1965, 131X, USS Independence (CVA-62)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
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University of Oklahoma
  1950-1954, University of Oklahoma
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 16, 1998, RIO goes back to Vietnam
  Jan 15, 2002, You will always be in our hearts.
  Oct 21, 2012, General Photos4
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Last Known Activity
LCDR Olmstead was killed in action while flying a combat mission over North Vietnam on October 17, 1965, but he was officially listed as Missing in Action until declared dead on April 6, 1973, during which time he had been promoted to Commander. His remains have never been returned to the United States. Promted while MIA to Commander.

LCDR Olmstead's aircraft was hit by hostile fire and crashed while on a bombing mission. No transmissions were heard, nor was there any sign of ejection by either crewmember. Other U.S. aircraft passed over the crash site and deterimed that there was no possibility of survival. However, it was later learned that Halyburton had survived, and was captured. Being the RIO, Halyburton would eject first. It was believed that Olmstead had probably died in the crash of the aircraft, but there was no proof of this theory. Olmstead was classified Missing in Action.

A RIO's Account

The RIO, Porter Halyburton, is a friend of mine. Here is his account of what happened that day: "When we were hit I called to Stan, but he didn't respond. His head was slumped down and he was unresponsive. As the ridgeline was coming up, I had to eject immediately and did so. Seconds later, the ircraft crashed into the ridgeline. There was a large explosion upon impact, as we had a full load of ordinance. I was able to observe the aircraft the entire time from when I ejected until it crashed. Stan did not eject." 
The ridgeline Porter refers to was to be their turning point. Upon arrival at the ridgeline, they were to head due west to the target at Thai Nguyen. 

While it is true that no one saw Porter eject, largely because no one was looking when they were hit, someone (Porter) DID watch the plane, and therefore Stan Olmstead, from the time it was hit until it crashed. 

Porter said he had clear field of vision as he slowly drifted down to earth. He could clearly see, much to his dismay, that LCDR. Stanley Olmstead did  not eject prior to impact. Porter Halyburton, while retired from the Navy, is currently an instructor at the Naval War College in Rhode Island. 
I will remember him always.
Stan was on of the finest men I have ever known and it was an honor to have served with him. I was with him when he died for his country, a brave warrier and a true patriot.
Posted by: Porter Halyburton 
Relationship: VF-84, USS Independence
Sunday, October 21, 2001

A Sister's Love
A loyal son
A loving father
A devoted brother.
Always my hero,
Always in my heart.
From his sister,
Carolyn McClelland

Loyal to his country; loyal to his family. He is my dear brother.
Posted by: Carolyn O. McClelland
Relationship: He is my brother
Wednesday, November 7, 2001

CDR. Olmstead was a loving father, husband, brother and son, who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. We miss him so much.
Posted by: Mickey R. Olmstead
Relationship: He is my father
Sunday, October 21, 2001
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