EARNEST, CHARLES M.
Name: Charles M. Earnest
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Unit: Attack Squadron 75
Date of Birth: 08 October 1934
Home City of Record: OPELIKA AL
Date of Loss: 28 November 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 172857 North 1074856 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A #155622
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
No further information available at this time.
On November 28, 1972, an A-6A Intruder (bureau number 155622)
with two crew members launched from the USS Saratoga (CV 60) to
conduct operations near the coast of North Vietnam. Immediately
after launch, the Intruder crashed into the Gulf of Tonkin, just
off the North Vietnamese coast. The bombardier/navigator aboard
the aircraft managed to eject from the plane before it went
down, and was rescued. The pilot was still aboard when the
Intruder hit the water, and search teams were unable to locate
him in the wreckage.
Commander Charles M. Earnest, who joined the U.S. Navy from
Alabama, was a member of Attack Squadron 75, embarked aboard the
USS Saratoga. He was the pilot of this Intruder when it went
down, and he remains unaccounted for following the incident.
Today, Commander Earnest is memorialized on the Courts of the
Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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