Balisteri, Cody Allen, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service Years
1964 - 1966
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sheffield Lake, OH
Last Address
Sheffield Lake, OH

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1966
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Cause
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 107

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 Duty Stations
VF-111 SundownersUSS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1966-1966, 131X, VF-111 Sundowners
  1966-1966, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War
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Miami University of Ohio
  1959-1963, Miami University of Ohio1
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
11 August 1966 - Purple Heart
Lcdr R. D. Nichols/Lt(jg) Rick Grant/AX3 Gary Smith/AMH2 Royce Roberts were vectored among Fai Tsi Long island chain to locate and rescue VF-111 pilot Lt(jg) Cody A. Balisteri, the downed pilot of a F-8E Crusader (BuNo 150880) off the USS Oriskany (CVA-34). He was finally located on Isle Des L'Union at base of a steep 400' cliff. Petty Officer Smith enters the water and swims to shore with a life raft to affect the rescue since Lt(jg) Balisteri had abandoned his Mae West and raft. Once Petty Officer Smith and Lt(jg) Balisteri swim clear of the surf line the helo is landed in the water to rescue both men after the rescue hoist jams. Read rescue synopsis.

Tragically, Lt(jg) Balisteri was killed in the fire aboard the USS Oriskany on 26 October 1966
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