SKEEN,  RICHARD ROBERT
Name: Richard Robert Skeen
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O5
Unit:
Date of Birth: 11 February 1931
Home City of Record: RIVERSIDE CA
Date of Loss: 16 May 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 163659 North  1083157 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EKA3B
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: Edwin Conner, KIA/BNR
Refno:
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.  2015
REMARKS:
CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/18 YRS UNITED STATES NAVY/OFFSHORE MR1
No further information available at this time.
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Library of Congress files:
South Vietnam, pre-1975: PART V -- THE ACCIDENT (EXCERPT FROM REPORT)
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975
Name: RICHARD ROBERT SKEEN
Subjects: Aircraft downed
Reel: 158
Page: 54-55
Type of Document: Miscellaneous
Date of Report: 00 00 00
Date of Information: 70 05 16
Category: Casualty files

South Vietnam, pre-1975: GENERAL INFORMATION
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975
Name: RICHARD ROBERT SKEEN
Subjects: Killed; Missing; Aircraft downed; Crash site; OVER WATER
Reel: 158
Page: 1
Type of Document: Miscellaneous
Date of Report: 00 00 00
Date of Information: 70 05 16
Category: Casualty files

South Vietnam, pre-1975: MASTER LIST
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975
Name: RICHARD ROBERT SKEEN
Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed; GULF OF TONKIN; OVER WATER; Crash site
Reel: 158
Page: 52
Type of Document: Automated Data Extract
Date of Report: 74 11 02
Date of Information: 70 05 16
Originator: NAVY
Category: Casualty files
 
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:55:10 +0000
From: William M. Killian
 
Info on three crewmen: CDR Richard R. Skeen, LCDR Eugene F. McNally, and ADCS Edwin R. Conner.


On May 15, 1969, one of VAQ-130's detachments was enlarged into a new Tactical Electronic Warfare squadron, VAQ-135, homeported at NAS Alameda, California. The new unit first deployed to Southeast Asia aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in September, 1969. On 16 May 1970, one of VAQ-135's EKA-3B aircraft (BuNo 142657) was transiting from the Naval Air Station at Cubi Point, Philippines, to USS CORAL SEA on Yankee Station. As the aircraft approached Yankee Station it was diverted to land at Da Nang Air Base in South Vietnam. During the diversion radar contact was lost. Search and rescue operations found wreckage and recovered the body of one crewman. Three men died in the loss: pilot CDR Richard R. Skeen, navigator LCDR Eugene F. McNally (body recovered), and flight engineer ADCS Edwin R. Conner. ADCS Conner was 35 years old and left behind a wife and two children. [Taken from virtualwall.org]


Regards,

 

William M. Killian

Pioneer Valley High School