Name: Orville Dale Cooley
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Date of Birth: 03 July 1937
Home City of Record:  RANGE WY
Date of Loss: 16 January 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 183657 North  1071258 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C1A #146054
Other Personnel in Incident: 7 men rescued, names unknown
Refno: 0991

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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On January 16, 1968, a C-1A Trader (bureau number 146054) carrying ten service members was preparing to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) on a logistics mission to Da Nang, South Vietnam. The aircraft was taxiing into position for takeoff when it veered due to a damp flight deck surface from an earlier rain shower. After swerving across the deck, the aircraft went overboard and crashed into the water. A UH-2C Seasprite flying in the area spotted the Traderís tail section before it sank beneath the waves, and was able to rescue seven survivors. The three other personnel aboard were lost with the aircraft and could not be recovered.

Lieutenant Orville Dale Cooley entered the U.S. Navy in 1959 from Wyoming and was stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63). He was the pilot of this Trader when it fell off the flight deck and was lost with the aircraft. His remains were not recovered. Today, Lieutenant Cooley is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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