Gates, Fred Horatio, II, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1967, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
Service Years
1954 - 1967
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Centreville, MD
Last Address
Centreville, MD

Casualty Date
Aug 19, 1967
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25E 022 / Section:MH Grave: 235 (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
VA-25 Fists of the FleetUSS Coral Sea (CV-43)
  1963-1967, 131X, VA-25 Fists of the Fleet
  1964-1967, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1967 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1950-1954, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS CORAL SEA, with Carrier Air Wing 15 embarked, returned to Vietnam on 10 August 1967. On the 19th, while conducting training operations on Dixie Station off the South Vietnamese coast, an A-1H (BUNO 137575) went down with an engine failure. The pilot, LCDR Fred H. Gates II, did not survive the ditching attempt.

USS CORAL SEA's tribute website contains the following:

Fred Horatio Gates II - 8/19/67
Lieutenant Commander Gates, 35, was operations officer of Attack Squadron 25, operating from the USS Coral Sea in the South China Sea en route to Vietnam.

He was killed after his propeller-driven airplane [A-1H] developed engine trouble during a landing approach. LCDR Gates went down with the airplane after ditching it about a quarter mile astern of the aircraft carrier.

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