Romano, Gerald Michael, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 132X, VAW-13 Zappers
Service Years
1962 - 1965
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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

Casualty Date
Jun 02, 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
Panel 01E Line 130

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments CommissionThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Naval Flight Officer Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Midway (CVA-41)VAW-13 Zappers
  1965-1965, USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1965-1965, 132X, VAW-13 Zappers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
 Colleges Attended 
Fordham University
  1959-1963, Fordham University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
LtJG Romano, serving as a navigation officer, was lost and listed as MIA when his aircraft, a Douglas Skyrader Electronic Surveillance Aircraft (EA-1F) from VAW-13, aboard the USS Midway was hit by enemy fire and crashed near Sam Son, Nghe An Province, North Vietnam. The crew was involved in a search and rescue mission over North Vietnam.

Crew lost:
LTJG  M.D. McMican, pilot
LTJG  Gerald M. Romano, navigation officer
PO 3  William H. Amspacher, Electronic Countermeasures Operator
ATN 3 Thomas L. Plants

He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia,  Plot: Section 65, Site 1327 in 1988.

Final Mission of LTJG Gerald M. Romano


On June 2, 1965, an EA-1F "Spad" electronics aircraft launched from the USS Midway for assistance in a search and rescue mission over North Vietnam. The crew of the Spad was pilot LTJG M.D. McMican, navigation officer LTJG Gerald M. Romano, electronic countermeasures operator Petty Officer Third Class William H. Amspacher Jr., and ATN3 Thomas L. Plants. While circling the scene of an [unnamed] A-4E pilot's ejection over the South China Sea, the Spad was hit by enemy fire and was observed to crash land and burn on the nearby coast. While still over the water, a crewmember was seen to bail out, but his parachute did not open, and he fell into the sea. A week later, the body drifted ashore, according to an intelligence report. This body was not recovered by U.S. forces at that time. [NOTE: The loss location given by Defense Department is not over the South China Sea, but some five miles inland, in Nghe An Province, near the city of Sam Son. At best, if the loss occurred over water, it occurred in the Gulf of Tonkin.] The crew of the Spad was placed into the category Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. It was assumed the three perished in the crash of the plane and the fourth (unspecified in the report) perished just prior to the crash in his unsuccessful ejection attempt. In July 1988, the Vietnamese returned remains they stated were those of 25 American servicemen. Three of the remains were positively identified as being those of Amspacher, McMican and Romano. Plants' remains were not recovered. [Taken from]

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