Schimmels, Eddie Ray, AO1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
AO-0000-Aviation Ordnanceman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Ordnanceman
Primary Unit
1968-1969, AO-0000, VAH-10 Vikings
Service Years
1959 - 1969
AO-Aviation Ordnanceman
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles, CA
Last Address
Los Angeles, CA

Casualty Date
Feb 18, 1969
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oakwood Memorial Cemetery - Oakwood, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 056 / Cenotaph

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)VAH-10 Vikings
  1968-1969, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1968-1969, AO-0000, VAH-10 Vikings
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (68-69)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 05, 2014, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

During her 1968/69 cruise USS CORAL SEA's airwing included Detachment 10 of Heavy Attack Squadron 10 (VAH-10). On 18 Feb 1969 a VAH-10 KA-3B (bureau number 138943) provided airborne tanker support for a night cycle and, at completion of that cycle, provided overhead tanker support for the aircraft which were recovering aboard. When all other aircraft had been recovered, the KA-3B was directed to depart her overhead orbit in preparation for a carrier-controlled approach to landing. The KA-3B tracked outbound as directed, but failed to respond when CATCC directed her to turn to her inbound leg. The KA-3B's radar return disappeared shortly thereafter.

The carrier's SAR helicopter was dispatched to the KA-3's last position but found no trace of the aircraft or its crew. Although the seach began again at first light and continued through the day, nothing was found. The subsequent accident board determined the likely cause was controlled flight into the water, probably due to pilot fatigue, and all three men aboard were declared dead. They were

LCDR Rodney M. Chapman, Alpena, MI, pilot
AMS1 Stanley M. Jerome, Detroit, MI, aircrewman
AO1 Eddie R. Schimmels, Los Angeles, CA, aircrewman

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