Kern, Daniel Olmstead, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1966, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
Service Years
1964 - 1966

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Whitesboro, NY
Last Address
Whitesboro, NY

Casualty Date
Oct 26, 1966
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Drowned, Suffocated
Tonkin Gulf
Operation Rolling Thunder/Operation Rolling Thunder IV
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 112

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
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  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
HT-8 EightballersNAS Whiting Field, FLHC-1 Pacific Fleet AngelsUSS Oriskany (CV-34)
  1964-1965, 131X, HT-8 Eightballers
  1964-1965, 131X, NAS Whiting Field, FL
  1965-1966, 131X, HC-1 Pacific Fleet Angels
  1966-1966, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1966 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  A Note from The Virtual Wall
  REMEMBERED by a friend, Gerald Rathbone
  Nov 17, 2012, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Oriskany, alight in the Tonkin Gulf

The carrier was on station the morning of October 26, 1966, when a fire erupted on the starboard side of the ship's forward hangar bay and raced through five decks, killing 44 men. Many who lost their lives were veteran combat pilots who had flown raids over Vietnam a few hours earlier. Oriskany had been put in danger when a magnesium parachute flare exploded in the forward flare locker of Hangar Bay 1, beneath the carrier's flight deck. Subsequent investigation showed the flare functioned as designed and the cause of the fire was human error.


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