Name: Charles David Hom
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Unit: USS Constellation
Date of Birth: 28 February 1943
Home City of Record: HUNTINGTON PARK CA
Date of Loss: 17 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 184800 North  1064859 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C
Other Personnel in Incident: LAURENT DIONE, KIA/BNR
Refno: 0794

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


Gulf of Tonkin, 75 miles from Nghe An


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On August 17, 1967, an RA-5C Vigilante (bureau number 149302, call sign "Speartip 122") launched from the USS Constellation (CVA 64) on a side-looking radar mission off the coast of North Vietnam. En route to the carrier following the mission, the aircraft's crew reported its position. Shortly thereafter, a mayday call was heard from "Speartip 122" followed by an "eject" transmission. Within moments, pilots from other aircraft flying in the area reported seeing a large splash and an oil slick, with a dye marker a short distance south of the slick. Search and rescue craft failed to locate the two crew members.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Charles David Hom entered the U.S. Navy from California and was a member of Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron 12, embarked aboard the Constellation. He was the navigator aboard "Speartip 122" when it disappeared, and was lost with the aircraft. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Charles Hom is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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