Name: Michael Steele Confer
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Unit:   Attack Squadron 23
Date of Birth: 26 March 1942
Home City of Record: MC COOK NE
Date of Loss: 10 October 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 201258 North  1062800 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E #151150
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0491

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



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Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael Steele Confer entered the U.S. Navy from Nebraska and served with Attack Squadron 23 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA 43). On October 10, 1966, he piloted an A-4E Skyhawk (bureau number 151150, call sign "Lawcase 340") that launched from the Coral Sea on a nighttime armed reconnaissance mission against targets in North Vietnam. After the target near the Kien Hanh storage area was illuminated with flares, LTJG Confer radioed to his flight leader that he was rolling in for a rocket run. He launched his rockets at the target, but was then observed crashing into the water offshore near the storage area in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q XH 532 359. An extensive search was conducted, but LTJG Confer could not be recovered. Further attempts to locate or identify his remains have been unsuccessful. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Confer is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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