HOMUTH, RICHARD WENDAL

Name: Richard Wendal Homuth
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Unit: HELICOPTER ANTISUB 2 CVS-12
Date of Birth: 06 January 1937
Home City of Record: SPRING VALLEY CA
Date of Loss: 23 May 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 184159 North  1065957 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: SH3A #148985
Missions:

Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Homuth, Thomas Pettis, Eureka
Schmittou, Ronald Soucy, all KIA/BNR

Refno: 0708

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

REMARKS: ON SAR LOST CONTACT RAFT FOUND

No further information available at this time.

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LCDR RICHARD WENDAL HOMUTH

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On May 23, 1967, an SH-3A Sea King (bureau 148985, call sign "Chink") with a crew of four took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVS 12) in the Gulf of Tonkin on a search and rescue mission. On their approach, the crew radioed that they expected to be at the destination within half an hour, but made no further contact and was not seen again. A radio check was conducted on all frequencies, but contact with the crew could not be re-established. The helicopter never returned to the Hornet. Aerial and surface searches continued but none of the crew members were ever recovered. 

Lieutenant Richard Wendal Homuth, who joined the U.S. Navy from California, was a member of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2, embarked aboard the Hornet. He was the copilot aboard this Sea King when it went missing, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains were not recovered. After the incident, the Navy promoted LT Homuth to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Today, Lieutenant Commander Homuth is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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