Name: Robert Clarence Frosio
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O5
Date of Birth: 28 March 1928
Home City of Record: WARRINGTON FL
Date of Loss: 12 November 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates:
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E
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/16 YRS United States Navy

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Commander Robert Clarence Frosio entered the U.S. Navy from Florida and was a member of Attack Squadron 12, embarked aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42). On November 12, 1966, he was piloting a single-seat A-4E Skyhawk (bureau number 150051, call sign "Clincher 408") in a flight of two returning from a night reconnaissance mission of enemy targets over North Vietnam. On their approach to the carrier, using a ground control approach due to a navigation systems failure, operators observed CDR Frosio and the other aircraft flying close together. After a failed attempt to divert the other aircraft, the two appeared to merge on radar astern of the ship. From the ship's deck, two fires were observed falling into the ocean. Immediate search and rescue efforts failed to locate CDR Frosio, and further attempts to recover his remains were unsuccessful. Today, Commander Frosio is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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