Lynn, Doyle Wilmer, 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 Midway (CVA-41)
Service Years
1946 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 27, 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
01E 125

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffNAVSTA Anacostia/Washington DCNaval War College (Faculty Staff)VF-111 Sundowners
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1946-1947, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD)
  1947-1948, Naval Flight Training
  1954-1956, Naval Flight Schools
  1957-1959, NAVSTA Anacostia/Washington DC
  1960-1961, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1963-1965, 131X, VF-111 Sundowners
  1964-1964, 132X, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1965-1965, 131X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1964-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 01, 2012, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Commander Doyle W. Lynn was a Navy Crusader pilot. Lynn was not a green pilot. He had participated in the early Yankee Team operatons in central Laos in 1964.
In the spring of 1964, Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese forces launched attacks against Neutralist forces on the Plain of Jars in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos.
Air Force and Navy photoreconnaissance jets began gathering intelligence information in May 1964 in Laos, and the result was a number of photos showing the Plain of Jars bristling with newly installed anti-aircraft guns.

Ambassador Leonard Unger obtained approval from the Johnson Administration to release the fuses on previously delivered U.S. bombs, for use by the Royal Lao Air Force. Prince Souvanna Phouma also authorized the use of U.S. fighters to accompany the unarmed reconnaissance jets over Laotian
territory, and these missions became code-named Yankee Team.

CDR was at that time assigned to Fighter Squadron 111 and on June 7 flew an F8D as escort on a Yankee Team reconnaissance mission over central Laos. His aircraft was shot down that day, but fortunately, he was rescued the following day. The rescue operations of this period laid the groundwork for
the most successful combat rescue missions in history.
The following year, May 27, Lynn was still in combat. During a combat mission over Nghe An Province, North Vietnam near the city of Vinh, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire while he was in the target area and crashed. No parachute was seen, and little hope was held that Cdr. Lynn survived. He was listed Killed/Body Not Recovered.
An Outstanding Crusader Pilot
I was CDR Bud Lynn's Landing Signal Officer aboard the USS Midway in 1965. The F8U Crusader, which he flew in VF-111, was a difficult jet to land aboard a carrier but he was one of the few that I ever saw that could make the Crusader appear to be "on rails" as he came aboard. He was an outstanding carrier pilot and Naval Officer.

MIA, body not recovered, and listed at the Memorial Section C, Site 57, Arlington National Cemetery.

He received 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses. Click on the ribbon bar above to see ther rest,

Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross

Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Doyle Wilmer Lynn, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight for leading a flight of four aircraft on an anti-aircraft suppression mission against the Vinh Railroad Yards, North Vietnam, on 27 May 1965. Commander Lynn initiated the Air Wing attack with his flight in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. His aircraft received fatal damage on the first run, entered uncontrolled flight, and crashed within the target complex. Commander Lynn's leadership, courageous fighting spirit and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1966)
Action Date: May 27, 1965
Service: Navy 
Rank: Commander
Company: Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111)
Division: U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)

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