Roark, William Marshall, LT

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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 Coral Sea (CVA-43)
Service Years
1956 - 1965

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bellevue, NE
Last Address
Bellevue, NE

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery - Omaha, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 102

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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLCommander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)VA-125 Rough Riders
VA-153 Blue Tail FliesUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1960-1960, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1960-1961, 131X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1961-1962, 131X, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  1962-1962, 131X, VA-125 Rough Riders
  1962-1965, 131X, VA-153 Blue Tail Flies
  1963-1963, 131X, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1965-1965, 131X, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1956-1960, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  USS Roark (FF-1053)4
  Service Number
  Remained at USNA Until Sept 1960
  Mar 18, 1977, Remains Repatriated (Returned to US soil)
  Mar 31, 1977, Remains Identified
  Jun 19, 2012, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant William Marshall Roark (NSN: 0-641458), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot in Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE (VA-153) aboard U.S.S. CORAL SEA (CVA-43), during operations in the Vietnam on 7 April 1965. Completing several successful attacks against military targets along a coastal highway in North Vietnam, his flight was taken under concentrated fire by numerous anti-aircraft and automatic gun positions. Lieutenant Roark attacked the gun emplacements despite the fire directed at him. When his aircraft was struck by hostile fire, he flew the disabled jet toward the water and successfully ejected. He was fired upon continuously during his parachute descent and after reaching the water. The intense barrage of anti-aircraft, automatic weapons and mortar fire directed onto the water by the enemy prevented helicopter rescue of Lieutenant Roark, who was fatally wounded. His cool courage in the face of intense enemy opposition was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (March 1966)
Action Date: April 7, 1965
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Attack Squadron 153 (VA-153)
Division: U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43)
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