Sikkink, Roy Dean, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 131X, VAL-4 Black Ponies
Service Years
1967 - 1969
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tulsa, OK
Last Address
Tulsa, OK

Casualty Date
Jul 19, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Chua Doc
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Memorial Park Cemetery - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 023

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 Duty Stations
VAL-4 Black Ponies
  1969-1969, 131X, VAL-4 Black Ponies
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
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University of Oklahoma
  1966-1969, University of Oklahoma
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  Service Dates
  Jul 20, 2012, General Photos3
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Last Known Activity
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in me, your brother, sisters and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
   
Comments/Citation
Whilst on routine patrol, shot down near Ap Bac, 45 miles west of Saigon. Per operational diary for US Navy Squadron VAL-4: "BuNo 155490 was shot down by enemy ground fire Saturday night, July 12. Both pilots are classified as missing in action but there is little reason for hope. The airplane was observed to be receiving fire at 2700 feet altitude, enter a shallow dive and strike the top of a mountain 1700 feet high. Explosion and fire ensued. No ejection seat rocket flame or inflated parachutes were in evidence. Air cover remained over the area all night and the next day, monitoring emergency radio frequencies, but received no signals. 

A survey of the crash site from the air the next day revealed that the aircraft had broken up upon initial contact with the top of the mountain and spewed parts over a wide area for several hundred yards down the mountainside. Since the mountains and valley below are occupied by enemy forces and there is no suitable terrain to land a helicopter in the area, there is no intention at this time for further investigation at the crash site. 

Since there was no radio transmission from the aircraft and that it appeared to be out of control after being hit by the ground fire, it is concluded that both pilots probably received fatal or incapacitating injuries prior to the crash" 

Both crew - Lt Aubrey Grady Martin (pilot) and Lt(jg) Roy Dean Sikkink (observer) - posted as MIA/KIA. The body of Lt. Martin was later found, and repatriated to the US on 31 July 1974, but not formally identified until 14 June 1977COMENTS FROM FRIEND:
Roy Sikkink was my fraternity little brother.  Very smart - virtually a straight A student at the University of Oklahoma, athletic, great sense of humor and a valued friend.  He was well liked by all ...  a groomsman in my wedding.  I can visualize his silly grin just now.  I miss him.  May God bless him richly for his ultimate sacrifice for country and may God rest his soul! j.b.

Roy grew up in Tulsa, OK, attending Edision High School where he excelled academically and as a wrestler. He attended Oklahoma University where he wrestled. After attending Navy flight training, he joined Light Attack Squadron FOUR. He was the co-pilot in an OV-10A on the night of Jul 19th when shot down in the Three Sisters Mountains near the Cambodian border in IV Corps of South Vietnam. He was flying with LT Aubrey Martin, who was also killed. I grew up with Roy in Tulsa. God bless both of these squadron mates. Larry Hone
   
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