Jenkins Jr., Harry Tarleton, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1976-1978, 131X, COMPHIBRON 5, Commander Amphibious Group Three (COMPHIBGRU 3)
Service Years
1945 - 1978
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Safari To Suez
Suez Canal

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Washington DC
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Aug 02, 1995
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

United States Atlantic Command Badge US Pacific Command US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Persian Gulf Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesTailhook AssociationSkyhawk AssociationAmerican Ex-POW Association
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam War
  1950, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1957, Tailhook Association
  1962, Skyhawk Association
  1965, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1965, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]
  1973, Veterans of the Vietnam War

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


In the first three WESTPAC combat cruises to SouthEast Asia (SEA) (1965–68), VA-163 sustained periods of heavy losses, including 14 aircraft destroyed by enemy action, with at least five pilots killed, five captured, and two severely wounded. The 'Saints' also lost two squadron Commanding Officers (CO) to combat action, with the first during the 1965 WESTPAC combat cruise, CDR Harry Jenkins, in November 1965 (shot down, and made a POW). The second was CDR Wynne Foster, who lost an arm to flak in July 1966, but ejected and was rescued. (Foster later recovered, and waged a successful battle to remain on active duty.)

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Other Comments:

  • Harry Tarleton Jenkins, Jr.

  • Date of birth: July 24, 19027
  • Date of death: August 2, 1995
  • Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.
  • Home of record: Washington, D.C.
  • Status: POW

  • Harry Jenkins was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on November 13, 1965, and was held until his release on February 12, 1972. After retiring from the Navy, he was killed while piloting a home-built aircraft on August 2, 1995.

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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1945, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
ONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 ProgCommander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)NAS DallasNAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
COMCRUDESPACCTF 77School Assignments - StaffCNO - OPNAV
Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)FASOTRAGRUPAC (Faculty Staff), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)VA-163 SaintsCommander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
USS Oriskany (CV-34)Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)USS Denver (LPD-9)COMPHIBRON 5, Commander Amphibious Group Three (COMPHIBGRU 3)
  1945-1946, 139X, ONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 Prog
  1945-1948, 131X, Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)
  1946-1947, 139X, NAS Dallas
  1947-1948, 131X, Naval Air Training Center, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1948-1949, 131X, NAS Oceana, VA
  1949-1950, 131X, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1950-1950, 131X, USS Fred T Berry (DDE-858)
  1950-1950, 131X, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1950-1950, 131X, COMCRUDESPAC
  1950-1950, 131X, CTF 77
  1950-1953, 131X, Officer Training Command Pensacola (OTCP) - staff only
  1953-1953, 131X, CIC Watch Officer Course
  1953-1955, 131X, USS Point Cruz (CVE-119)
  1955-1957, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1957-1959, 131X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1959-1961, 131X, Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton, NJ
  1961-1962, 131X, FASOTRAGRUPAC (Faculty Staff), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)
  1962-1964, 131X, VA-163 Saints
  1964-1965, 131X, VA-163 Saints
  1964-1965, 131X, Commander Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16)
  1964-1965, 131X, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
  1965-1973, 131X, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
  1973-1974, 131X, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1974-1975, 131X, USS Denver (LPD-9)
  1976-1978, 131X, COMPHIBRON 5, Commander Amphibious Group Three (COMPHIBGRU 3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1965-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1965 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
  1965-1965 Operation Rolling Thunder II
 Colleges Attended 
Newberry CollegeUniversity of South CarolinaNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1945-1945, Newberry College
  1945-1946, University of South Carolina
  1957-1959, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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