Name: Dwight Glenn Frakes
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E7
Unit: Heavy Attack Squadron 2
Date of Birth: 08 May 1931
Home City of Record: LOS ANGELES CA
Date of Loss: 24 February 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 160306 North  1093913 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A3B #147664
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0057

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 February 24, 1965, an A-3B Skywarrior (bureau number 147664, call sign "Folder 604") launched from the USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) on a tanker mission off the coast of South Vietnam. During the mission, the aircraft experienced fuel system and electrical malfunctions, which caused the crew to bail out. A rescue helicopter observed four good parachutes descending to the water; however, one of these men became entangled in his parachute when he hit the water, causing him to sink in the vicinity of (GC) 49Q CT 560 750, east of Da Nang.

Chief Radioman Dwight Glenn Frakes entered the U.S. Navy from California and was a member of Heavy Attack Squadron 2, embarked aboard the Coral Sea. He was the crew member aboard this Skywarrior who became entangled in his parachute after bailing out. Search and recovery efforts for him were unsuccessful. He remains unaccounted-for. Today, Chief Radioman Frakes is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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