GRAUSTEIN, ROBERT STEWART

Name: Robert Stewart Graustein
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O4
Unit: VA 75  USS SARATOGA
Date of Birth: 29 September 1939
Home City of Record: FRYEBURG ME
Date of Loss: 21 December 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 204800 North  1064000 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
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Official Pre-Capture photos


Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.

REMARKS:2018

REMAINS RETURNED 12/04/85

CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/12 YRS United States Navy

No further information available at this time.

 

 

Subject:   Submission
Date:   Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:12:19 +0000
From:   William M. Killian <wkillian@pvhspanthers.org>
 
 

LCDR Robert S. Graustein and LCDR Barton S. Wade were a members of Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75), Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3), aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). On December 21, 1972, they comprised the crew of a U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder (#152946) attack aircraft on a combat mission to attack airfields at Haiphong and Kien An in North Vietnam. Approximately six miles southwest of Haiphong, their Intruder was destroyed by an airborne explosion after being hit by ground fire. When Graustein and Wade failed to return from their mission, it was assumed that they had been lost in the target area, and the crew was placed in Missing in Action (MIA) status. None of the American POWs repatriated in February and March of 1973 had any knowledge of the two men, and they were continued in MIA status until the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Findings of Death for Graustein on March 3, 1975, and for Wade on August 24, 1976. On March 7, 1986, the U.S. government announced that the remains of the two air crewmen were among a group of remains turned over by the Vietnamese government on December 4, 1985. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, usnamemorialhall.org, and aviation-safety.net]


 

Submitted by William M. Killian