CORDOVA, ROBERT JAMES Name: Robert James Cordova Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E2 Unit: USS Valley Forge Date of Birth: 21 August 1947 Home City of Record: BOYS TOWN NE Date of Loss: 27 January 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 165158 North 1071651 East Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: LPH Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: none Refno: 2006 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 Boys Town, Hall of History, Ralph Wright, Collections Associate. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Robert Cordova came to Boys Town from Grand Juction, CO on 31 March 1960. He graduated from Boys Town High School and left Boys Town 30 May 1965. According to an article in the Boys Town Times, dated March 8, 1965: "Msgr. Nicholas H. Wagner has received word that Robert Cordova, a 1965 graduate of the Boys Town High School, was reported missing overboard while serving on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge, and is presumed dead. No details of the accident have been received. In addition to his academic studies, he learned the ceramics trade, and was active in Scouting." Additional notes from news articles state [at the time March 10, 1972] "13 Boys Town Alumni have given their lives for their country in the Vietnam Conflict." No further information available at this time.