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
Other Personnel in Incident: none
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
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
No further information available at this time.