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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
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.  2020


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.




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Fireman Apprentice Robert James Cordova entered the U.S. Navy from Nebraska and served aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Valley Forge (LPH 8). On January 27, 1968, while the Valley Forge was operating in the Gulf of Tonkin, FA Cordova was observing jumping overboard in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q YD 430 660. He was spotted in the water and marker lights, flares, and life-saving equipment were immediately tossed to him, but rescue efforts failed to retrieve him. He was seen to go under, surface, go under again, and then did not reappear. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Fireman Apprentice Cordova is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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