Schroeffel, Thomas Anthony, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary Designator/NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1966-1966, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
Service Years
1964 - 1966
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittsburgh, PA
Last Address
Pittsburgh, PA

Casualty Date
Feb 18, 1966
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05E 049 / Cenotaph

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VA-85 Black FalconsUSS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1966-1966, VA-85 Black Falcons
  1966-1966, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)
 Colleges Attended 
Miami University of Ohio
  1960-1964, Miami University of Ohio1
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Last Known Activity
On 18 Feb 1966 LTJG Joseph V. Murray and LTJG Thomas A Schroeffel crewed an A-6A Intruder, Bureau Number 151797, as the wingman on a daylight armed reconnaissance mission in a mountainous area about 70 miles west of Hanoi. During the mission, the two aircraft located and attacked trucks on a mountain road.
While conducting a shallow dive-bomb delivery using retarded ("snake eye") bombs, Murray apparently fell victim to target fixation and failed to initiate his pull-out soon enough - and the Intruder impacted the hillside about 500 yards beyond the target. Neither crewman ejected before impact and the crash was not survivable. Both were declared Killed in Action/Body not Recovered. 

Tom Schroeffel was two years ahead of me at Most Holy Name Parish Grade School and North Catholic High School. He was the oldest of the Schroeffel brothers, all talented baseball players, who received major league tryouts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1960s. Tom was the best athlete of the Schroeffel family, and had certain Major League potential. The neighborhood kids who played at Gardner Field on Pittsburgh's North Side always wanted to play on Tom Schroeffel's side during pickup games. Tom exuded a winning attitude, and displayed skills with both bat and glove.

Tom graduated from North Catholic High School in 1960. Every Schroeffel brother played baseball for North Catholic in the 1960s. I lost contact with Tom after he graduated from North. Tom was a Naval Aviator in 1966, and lost his life on a mission in North Vietnam.

Rest in Peace, Tom. You are still remembered by the guys who played ball with you on the sandlots of Pittsburgh. Nobody could hit the long ball or play shortstop like you.
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