McMahan, Robert Charles, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1977, 131X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/Defense POW/MIA Office
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Keokuk, IA
Last Address
Jacksonville, Illinois

Casualty Date
Feb 14, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oakland Cemetery - Warsaw, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39E 036

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry

  1967-1968, VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils

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 VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils Details

VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils

The U.S. Navy fighter squadron VF-194 was established as VF-91 on 26 March 1952 and equipped with the Grumman F9F-2 Panther. The squadron was assigned to Carrier Air Group 9 (CVG-9) and made its first deployment on theUSS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) from December 1952 to August 1953 to Korea and the Western Pacific. In 1954 the squadron exchanged their Panthers for the swept wing Grumman F9F-6 Cougar. Between 11 May 1954 and 12 December 1954 VF-91 circumnavigated the world aboard the USS Hornet (CVA-12). From February to June 1956 VF-91 made its next deployment on the USS Oriskany (CVA-34), this time equipped with the F9F-8 Cougar.

The F9F-8s were replaced by the North American FJ-3 Fury in 1957 and the squadron made a Western Pacific cruise aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) between September 1957 and April 1958.

In 1959 VF-91 transitioned to the Vought F-8C Crusader and made three deployments aboard the USS Ranger (CVA-61) between 1960 and 1963.

On 1 August 1963 VF-91 was redesignated VF-194 and reassigned to Carrier Air Wing Nineteen. Between 1964 and 1973 VF-194 made eight deployments to the Vietnam War, two aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) (1964, 1965/66), two aboard the Ticonderoga (1966/67, 1967/68) and the last four aboard the Oriskany. During these deployments the squadron flew the F-8E from 1965 to 1968 and then the F-8J. After the end of the US involvement in Vietnam in 1973, VF-194 made another two cruises to the Western Pacific aboard the Oriskany. VF-194 and its sister squadron VF-191 were the last US Navy fighter squadrons equipped with the F-8 Crusader.

When the Oriskany was retired as the last active Essex-class carrier, VF-194 received the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom in 1976. Together with VF-191 the squadron was reassigned to Carrier Air Wing Fifteen. However, after only one deployment aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) the squadron was disestablished on 1 March 1978.

On 1 December 1986 a new VF-194 was established, which claimed the unit's name and markings. After training withVF-124 the squadron was due to deploy onboard the USS Independence (CV-62) flying the Grumman F-14A Tomcat as part of CVW-10. However, VF-194 was disbanded on 30 April 1988, before the cruise could take place.

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Fixed Wing

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14 Members Also There at Same Time
VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils

Dalton, Jack, SCPO, (1958-1978) Petty Officer First Class
Colombo, Russell, PO2, (1967-1971) Petty Officer Second Class
Pauls, Keith, LCDR, (1963-1990) Petty Officer Second Class
Hatfield, John, PO3, (1966-1970) Petty Officer Third Class
Davis, Steve, AN, (1965-1967) Airman
Nelson, Richard, LCDR, (1959-1980) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Lemmon, Wally, SCPO, (1953-1985) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Collins, Robert, SCPO, (1964-1985) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gepford, Raymond, PO2, (1959-1968) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Loeffler, James, CPO, (1964-1983) AD ADJ-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Nicley, Clenmon, PO2, (1955-1968) AD AD-8243 Petty Officer Second Class
Cruz, Edgardo, MCPO, (1985-1989) CS CS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gilmore, Andy, PO3, (1965-1968) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Davis, Steve, AN, (1965-1967) ADJ ADJ-0000 Airman
Keiffer, Robert, AN, (1963-1967) AN AN-0000 Airman

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