Name: Jeffrey Martin Krommenhoek
Rank/Branch: O3/US Navy
Unit: Attack Squadron 163, USS ORISKANY (CVA-34)
Date of Birth: 27 October 1940
Home City of Record: Sioux City IA
Date of Loss: 25 October 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 211300N 1054800E (WJ830498)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E
Refno: 0875
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.


SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Jeffrey M. Krommenhoek was a pilot assigned to Attack
Squadron 163 on board the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34). On October
25, 1967 Lt. Krommenhoek launched in his A4E Skyhawk attack aircraft in a
formation strike force against the Phuc Yen Airfield, 11 miles north of

The strike group encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire and surface-to-air
missile activity throughout the target area. Krommenhoek was last seen just
prior to roll in on the target as the group was departing the target area.
Attempts were made to contact him by radio with negative response. A search
of the area was impossible due to intense hostile activity. No emergency
radio signals were heard enroute back to the coast. No parachute or downed
aircraft was seen.

Lt. Krommenhoek was placed in a Missing In Ation status on that day, which
was changed ten years later to Presumed Killed In Action after a status
review board determined that there was no evidence to maintain the MIA

Whether Krommenhoek survived that day is unknown. He is among nearly 2500
Americans who are still missing in Southeast Asia. As evidence continues to
mount that hundreds of these men are still alive in captivity, one wonders,
what happened to Krommenhoek? Is he alive? If so, what must he be thinking
of the country he so proudly served?

Jeffrey M. Krommenhoek was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander
during the period he was maintained missing.




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Lieutenant Jeffrey Martin Krommenhoek entered the U.S. Navy from Iowa and served with Attack Squadron 163. On October 25, 1967, he piloted a single-seat A-4E Skyhawk (bureau number 150086) as part of a strike mission against the enemy airfield at Phuc Yen, near Hanoi, North Vietnam. The strike group encountered heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire and surface-to-air missile (SAM) activity throughout the mission. Over the target area, LT Krommenhoek's aircaft was seen just prior to rolling in on the target in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q WJ 830 498. However, he was not seen again, and could not be contacted via radio as the strike group departed the target area. Because the area was heavily defended and located in enemy territory, an immediate search for him was impossible. Further attempts to locate him were unsuccessful. After the incident, the Navy promoted LT Krommenhoek to the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR). Today, Lieutenant Commander Krommenhoek is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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