Avore, Malcolm Arthur, LT

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
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Line Officer
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1965-1965, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service Years
1960 - 1965
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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
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Jul 18, 1965
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
Vietnam War
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Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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02E 039

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USS Oriskany (CVA-34)


A village in central New York state and the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War. During the Saratoga campaign in the summer of 1777, a British force invested Fort Stanwix in central New York, intending to seize control of the Mowhawk Valley and guard the left flank of the British advance on Albany. On 4 August 1777, a relief column of some 800 Tryon County militiamen and 40 Oneida warriors under Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer and Chief Skenandoah set out from Fort Dayton, some forty miles to the east. Two days later, as the Tryon militia entered the marshy ravine of Oriskany Creek, a smaller force of Tories, Mohawks and Senecas under Sir John Johnson, Col. John Butler and Chief Joseph Brant ambushed the patriot militia. Initially thrown into disorder and suffering heavy losses, Herkimers' force regrouped on higher ground and fought a bitter six hour battle against the Loyalists, marked by hand-to-hand combat with bayonets and tomahawks. Losses at Oriskany were severe and both sides withdrew, with American losses amounting to half the original force, including General Herkimer who died of his wounds a week later. Although the patriots did not then relieve Fort Stanwix, a second expedition forced the British force to lift the siege and retreat to Canada, contributing to British General John Burgoyne's defeat at Saratoga in October.

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Name: Malcolm Arthur "Art" Avore
Rank/Branch: O3/US Navy
Unit: Attack Squadron 163
Date of Birth: 25 August 1938
Home City of Record: Hallwell ME
Date of Loss: 18 July 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 091959N 1085057E (BL638323)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E
Refno: 0110
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.w.


SYNOPSIS: The USS ORISKANY was a World War II-era carrier on duty in Vietnam
as early as 1964, when the first clash between U.S. and North Vietnamese
forces occurred in the Gulf of Tonkin. The ORISKANY at one time carried the
RF8A (number 144608) flown by Maj. John H. Glenn, the famous Marine
astronaut (and later Senator) flew in his 1957 transcontinental flight. In
October, 1966 the ORISKANY endured a tragic fire which killed 44 men
onboard, but was soon back on station. In 1972, the ORISKANY had an at-sea
accident which resulted in the loss of one of its aircraft elevators, and
later lost a screw that put the carrier into drydock in Yokosuka, Japan for
major repairs, thus delaying its involvement until the late months of the

On the ORISKANY's 1965 tour, she started off at Dixie Station conducting
training operations. While the carrier was offshore, an explosion occurred
at an Air Force base, calling aircraft from the ORISKANY into a greater, if
temporary, role in the south, flying tactical missions the Air Force
normally would have flown. Attack Squadron 164 onboard the ORISKANY flew
seven days a week, but with nobody shooting at them.

There were other hazards inherent to carrier aviation that would claim the
life of one of the Saints of VA 164 on that tour of duty. LT Malcolm A.
"Art" Avore was preparing to launch from the ORISKANY on an operational
mission when he failed to gain airspeed after the catapult launch and
ditched in the South China Sea off the coast of South Vietnam.

Despite efforts to recover LT Avore, his aircraft sank and he went down with
the plane. Because his remains were never found, he is listed among the
Americans missing in Southeast Asia.

For Art Avore, death is a certainty. For hundreds of others, however, simple
answers are not possible. Adding to the torment of nearly 10,000 reports
relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia is the certain knowledge
that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of war were not released
at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be prisoners, and still
others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers when last seen alive.
Many were known to have survived their loss incidents, only to disappear
without a trace.

The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of
those who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in
the general public who realize the full implication of leaving men
unaccounted for at the end of a war.

Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still
alive in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be thinking of
us? What will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to
bring these men home from Southeast Asia?

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USS Oriskany (CVA-34)

Bowling, Roy Howard, CAPT, (1951-1972) Lieutenant Commander
Davis, Edward, CAPT, (1962-1987) Lieutenant Commander
Taylor, Edd David, LT, (1960-1965) Lieutenant
Hacker, Charles, S1c, (1965-1968) Other Service Rank
Croft, Gary, CPO, (1950-1969) Chief Petty Officer
Minnick, Ron, PO2, (1964-1968) Petty Officer First Class
Cunningham, Charles, CPO, (1958-1978) Petty Officer Second Class
Kelly, Tom, SCPO, (1961-1982) Petty Officer Second Class
Yarbrough, Jimmy, PO2, (1964-1968) Petty Officer Second Class
McGee, Harry, CPO, (1962-1968) Petty Officer Third Class
Spivey, Owen, PO1, (1964-1987) Petty Officer Third Class
Stump, Randy, PO2, (1964-1968) Seaman 1st Class
Wright, Clyde (Pete), SCPO Seaman
Kagele, Larry, PO2, (1963-1965) Fireman
Farris, George K., CDR, (1952-1966) OFF 131X Commander
Juntilla, H.W. Bill, CDR, (1950-1966) OFF 000X Commander
Knutson, Albert E., CAPT, (1944-1974) OFF 131X Commander
Schroeder, Fritz, CDR, (1963-1983) OFF 131X Commander
Taylor, Jesse Junior, CDR, (1942-1965) OFF Commander
Powers, Trent Richard, CAPT, (1948-1965) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Flagg, Wilson Falor, RADM, (1961-1995) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Gardner, Frank Maynard, LT, (1944-1966) OFF 8199 Lieutenant
Hodges, David Lawton, LT, (1957-1967) OFF 131X Lieutenant
McWhorter, Henry Sterling, LT, (1959-1965) OFF 131X Lieutenant
QUINN, JOHN, LT, (1965-1969) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Alexander, Dewey Lee, LTJG, (1945-1966) OFF 641X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Mailhes, Lawrence Scott, LTJG, (1962-1965) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rudolph, Robert David, LTJG, (1962-1965) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Tunick, Franklin Michael, LTJG, (1963-1966) OFF 310X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Green, Charles, (1962-1966) BM BM-0000 Other Service Rank
Steed, Noelan, SCPO, (1941-1965) SF SF-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Larsen, Donald, CPO, (1948-1968) PR PR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
McCord, Travis, CPO, (1964-1984) RM RM-2318 Chief Petty Officer
Casey, Robert, PO1, (1957-1966) AO 8286 Petty Officer First Class
Flenniken, Charles, PO1, (1956-1975) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Freer, Michael, PO1, (1958-1968) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Mooney, Howard, CPO, (1957-1976) QM Petty Officer First Class
Winters, James, PO1, (1959-1969) RM RM-2314 Petty Officer First Class
Boyd, Douglas, PO2, (1965-1971) HM HM-8427 Petty Officer Second Class
Creel, John, SCPO, (1955-1989) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
DeBella, Anthony, PO2, (1959-1969) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gilroy, James, PO2, (1962-1965) AB ABE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Glover, John, PO2, (1963-1969) IC IC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Heist, Robert Warren, PO2, (1961-1967) DS Petty Officer Second Class
Hildebrand, Bruce, PO2, (1962-1966) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Johnson, Chris, PO2, (1964-1970) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
May, James, PO2, (1964-1968) BT Petty Officer Second Class
Mojica, Ben, PO2, (1961-1965) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Porter, Philip, PO2, (1958-1967) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer Second Class
Price, Roy, PO2, (1963-1967) YN Petty Officer Second Class
Sharits, Dean, PO2, (1961-1965) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Weaver, John, PO2, (1962-1966) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wright, Clyde, SCPO, (1961-1982) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wright, Clyde, SCPO, (1961-1982) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Zeiler, Chuck, PO2, (1964-1972) TD TD-9502 Petty Officer Second Class
BALGE, PAUL, PO3, (1961-1966) ADJ ADJ-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Balge, Paul, PO3, (1961-1966) AD ADJ-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Ball, Daniel, PO3, (1964-1968) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Bertsch, Russell, PO3, (1965-1969) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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