Skeen, Richard Robert, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1970-Present, 131X, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
Service Years
1952 - 1970

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Casualty Info
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Last Address

Casualty Date
May 16, 1970
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Riverside National Cemetery - Riverside, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 054

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NAS AlamedaVAQ-130 ZappersVAQ-135 Black RavensUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
Commander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)CTF 77COMSEVENTHFLTJoint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
  1969-1969, 131X, NAS Alameda
  1969-1969, 131X, VAQ-130 Zappers
  1969-1970, 131X, VAQ-135 Black Ravens
  1969-1970, 131X, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1969-1970, 131X, Commander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15), Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1969-1970, 131X, CTF 77
  1969-1970, 131X, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1970-Present, 131X, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War1
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
  1969-1970 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (70)
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Last Known Activity
On May 15,1969, one of VAQ-130's detachments was enlarged into a new Tactical Electronic Warfare squadron, VAQ-135, homeported at NAS Alameda, California. The new unit first deployed to Southeast Asia aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in September, 1969.

On 16 May 1970, one of VAQ-135's EKA-3B aircraft (BuNo 142657) was transiting from the Naval Air Station at Cubi Point, Philippines, to USS CORAL SEA on Yankee Station. As the aircraft approached Yankee Station it was diverted to land at Danang Air Base in South Vietnam. During the diversion radar contact was lost. Search and rescue operations found wreckage and recovered the body of one crewman. Three men died in the loss:

  • CDR Richard R. Skeen, pilot

  • LCDR Eugene F. McNally, navigator (body recovered)

  • ADCS Edwin R. Conner, flight engineer

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