Schoonover, Charles David, 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
1965-1966, 131X, RVAH-9 - Hoot Owls
Service Years
1954 - 1966
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Indianapolis, IN
Last Address
Indianapolis, IN

Casualty Date
Jan 16, 1966
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
South China Sea
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 075 / Cenotaph

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
LtCdr. Charles Schoonover was a pilot and Ensign Hal Hollingsworth a co-pilot of an RA5C Vigilante aircraft assigned to Reconnaissance/Attack Squadron 9 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61). On January 16, 1966, the two were launched from the carrier on a routine mission. 

While the aircraft was airborne, it had mechanical difficulties and crashed at sea. The accident is listed as having been non-battle related. The USS Ranger was stationed about 75-100 miles off the coast of South Vietnam, south southeast of Saigon in the South China Sea. 

  Although Charlie entered our hectic world in the State of Kentucky, he soon moved to the Hoosier State where he spent the rest of his pre-Annapolis days. He spent his younger days building model airplanes and hotrods and occasionally attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. He next took a year of engineering at the local drive-ins and gin mills around Purdue University. Entering the turmoil of the Naval Academy was a drastic change from Charlie's usual easy going existence. He soon learned how to continue living under his motto, "Never do anything unless absolutely necessary; it requires energy." Here at Canoe U he was a member of the Model Club, played football for the first battalion, and was a frequent member of the extra instruction and E. D. squads. We will all remember Charlie for his winning smile and his easy-going, good-natured disposition.
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 Duty Stations
Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red RippersUSS Essex (CVA-9)VAH-5 Savage SonsUSS Forrestal (CVA-59)
USS Ranger (CVA-61)RVAH-9 - Hoot Owls
  1958-1958, 131X, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
  1958-1958, 131X, USS Essex (CVA-9)
  1961-1961, 131X, VAH-5 Savage Sons
  1961-1961, 131X, USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
  1965-1966, 131X, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1965-1966, 131X, RVAH-9 - Hoot Owls
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1950-1954, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  From the USNA "Lucky Bag" 1954
  Service Information
  Jan 17, 2014, General Photos1
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