CARTER, GERALD LYNN
Name: Gerald Lynn Carter
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Date of Birth: 14 February 1942
Home City of Record: WINSTON OR
Date of Loss: 26 January 1971
Country of Loss: North Vietnam Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 172900 North 1074958 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4F #154980
Other Personnel in Incident:
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. 2020
CACCF CRASH/PILOT 3 YRS USN POSTHUMOUS PROMOTION
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Gerald Lynn Carter, who joined the U.S.
Navy from Oregon, was a member of Attack Squadron 164, embarked
aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19). On January 26,1971, he was the
pilot of a single-seat A-4E Skyhawk (bureau number 154980)
performing a catapult launch from the deck of the Hancock. A
malfunction during the launch prevented the aircraft from
gaining enough speed, and it crashed into the water
approximately 200 feet forward of the ship. Lieutenant Junior
Grade Carter was unable to bail out of the Skyhawk before it hit
the water, and search attempts for him were unsuccessful. His
remains have not been recovered. After the incident, the Navy
promoted LTJG Carter to the rank of Lieutenant (LT). Today,
Lieutenant Carter is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing
at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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