McWhorter, Henry Sterling, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 131X, VFP-63
Service Years
1959 - 1965

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Savannah, GA
Last Address
Savannah, GA

Casualty Date
Aug 29, 1965
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Abbey East Cemetery - Savannah, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 068

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)VFP-63
  1963-1965, 131X, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
  1965-1965, 131X, VFP-63
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1965 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of Technology
  1953-1957, Georgia Institute of Technology
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Marital Status
  Aug 29, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Henry S. McWhorter was the pilot of an RF8A on a combat mission in Nghe An Province, North Vietnam on August 29, 1965. As he was about 25 miles northwest of the city of Vinh, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed. It was thought that the possibility existed that Lt. McWhorter safely ejected, but no parachute was seen, and no emergency radio beeper signals heard. Lt. McWhorter was given a slim hope of survival and was declared Killed, Body Not Recovered. McWhorter was listed among the missing because his remains were never located to return home. He was among over 2300 still prisoner, missing, or otherwise unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. In 1987, the Vietnamese discovered remains that they identified as Henry S. McWhorter and returned them to U.S. control. The U.S. confirmed this identification and returned the remains to McWhorter's family for burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park on March 6, 1987. 

His awards included the Vietnam Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Medal with multiple oak leaf clusters.
To view the Distinguished Flying Cross citation, click on the DFC ribbon in the Ribbon Bar.
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