Krusi, Peter Herman, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 131X, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
Service Years
1953 - 1967

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Smithfield, UT
Last Address
Smithfield, UT

Casualty Date
Nov 03, 1967
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Smithfield City Cemetery - Cache County, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
29E 016

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Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
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  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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 Duty Stations
Naval Air Station Whidbey IslandVAH-8 FireballersUSS Constellation (CVA-64)
  1966-1966, 131X, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  1966-1967, 131X, VAH-8 Fireballers
  1966-1967, 131X, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1967-1967 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1949-1953, United States Naval Academy1
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  Incident of his death
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Incident of his death   
SYNOPSIS: LCdr. Peter H. Krusi, pilot; LtJg. Hans H. Grauert, co-pilot; and Lt. Richard W. Sanifer, crewman, launched from the USS CONSTELLATION on November 3, 1967 in their KA3B tanker about 1900 hours in support of a combat mission. Their responsibility was to circle outside the combat area for accompanying fighter jets to return to their area for refueling.

Upon takeoff, the tanker crashed, and all aboard were killed. Subsequent searches yielded the body of Richard Sanifer, but the bodies of the rest of the crew were not located. Krusi and Grauert were placed in the category of Killed/Body Not Recovered. There is no hope that their remains can be recovered.
LCDR Krusi was promoted to the rank of Commander while in a MIA status.
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