Remains Identified   - announced 01/2019

Name: Richard Clive Lannom
Rank/Branch: O2/US Navy
Unit: Attack Squadron 35, USS ENTERPRISE (CVA 65)
Date of Birth: 24 January 1941
Home City of Record: Union City TN
Date of Loss: 01 March 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 203800N 1073000E (YH605833)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A
Refno: 1068

Other Personnel In Incident: Thomas E. Scheurich (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: The Grumman A6 Intruder flew most of its missions from the decks
of Navy attack carriers of the Seventh Fleet. Their primary missions were
close-air-support, all-weather and night attacks on enemy troop
concentrations and night interdiction.

Seventh Fleet Vice Commander, Admiral William F. Bringle, said, "The
low-level night missions flown by the A-6 over Hanoi and Haiphong were among
the most demanding missions we have ever asked our aircrews to fly.
Fortunately, there is an abundance of talent, courage and aggressive
leadership in these A-6 squadrons."

LTCDR Thomas Scheurich was the pilot of an A6A on just such a mission over
Haiphong on March 1, 1968. He launched on that day from the USS ENTERPRISE
with his bombardier/navigator (BN), LTJG Richard C. Lannom, along with two
other A6 aircraft.

The flight proceeded to their target area located approximately 45 miles
northeast of Haiphong. The area was defended by medium anti-aircraft
artillery, automatic weapons and small arms. The aircraft reported at the
execute point, 5 minutes prior to coast-in point, at which time they turned
off their IFF transponder. Therefore, radar contact was lost on the

Following their attacks, the other two aircraft in the flight proceeded to a
pre-briefed rendezvous point which was to be used in the event of radio
falure for battle damage assessment. Both aircraft searched the rendezvous
area and attempted radio contact with Scheurich and Lannom with negative
results. Search and rescue (SAR) forces were alerted. No emergency beepers
were heard during the overland flight or during the subsequent electronic

Scheurich's and Lannom's aircraft was evidently hit by ground fire and went
down about 55 miles southeast of Haiphong in the Gulf of Tonkin. It was
considered that there was little chance that the enemy knew the fate of
either man, and prospects were rather dim for their survival, but both were
classified Missing In Action. There was no proof they died. There still was
the possibility that they bailed out and were picked up in the water by the

When American involvement ended in Indochina, and 591 American prisoners
were released, Lannom and Schuerich were not among them. Their families and
those of nearly 2500 others still do not know with certainty whether they
are alive or dead.

Reports continue to be received that Americans are still being held prisoner
in Southeast Asia. Whether Lannom and Scheurich could be among them is
unknown. It is clear, however, that it is long past time to bring these men

During the period they were maintained missing, Richard C. Lannom was
promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Thomas E. Scheurich was promoted to
the rank of Captain.


From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <>
Sent: 15 January, 2019 11:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Naval Aviator Accounted-For From The Vietnam War


Dear Editor,


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Naval

Reserve Lt. Richard C. Lannom, 27, of Union City, Tennessee, killed during

the Vietnam War, was accounted for on Sept. 25, 2018.


On March 1, 1968, Lannom, a bombardier-navigator assigned to Attack Squadron

Three Five (ATKRON 35), USS Enterprise (CVA-65), was on board an A-6A

aircraft on a night strike mission over Quang Ninh Province of North

Vietnam.  Radar contact with the aircraft was lost due to the low altitude

of the aircraft, and the pilot had been instructed to turn his

identification beeper off.  The flight path to the target was over islands

known to have light anti-aircraft artillery.  When the aircraft failed to

return to the carrier, a search and rescue effort was mounted.  No evidence

of the plane could be found.  Lannom and his pilot were subsequently

declared missing in action.


In August and September 2006, a Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing

Persons (VNOSMP) team interviewed three wartime residents concerning a crash

site.  One witness, reported traveling to the crash site on the top of a

mountain in Na San Hamlet several times, finding a pilot's helmet.


During a JFA in 2007, a witness stated that in 1968, he heard an explosion

while he was sleeping.  He went outside and observed an aircraft crash and

explode on impact.  He later observed scattered aircraft wreckage and

personal effects. 


Between October and December 2017, a VNOSMP Unilateral Team excavated a

crash site below the peak of a steep mountain on the southwestern peninsula

of Tra Ban Island.  The team recovered possible osseous material, as well as

material evidence and aircraft wreckage. 


To identify Lannom's remains, DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis as well as circumstantial and

material evidence.


DPAA is grateful to the government of Vietnam for their partnership in this



Today, there are 1,592 American servicemen and civilians still unaccounted

for from the Vietnam War.  Lannom's name is recorded on the National Vietnam

Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Courts of the Missing at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others who

are unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.


For family contact information, contact the Navy Casualty Office at (800)



For further funeral information, visit


For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at, find us on social media at

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.


Lannom's personnel profile can be viewed at




SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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On October 9, 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Lieutenant Richard Clive Lannom, missing from the Vietnam War.

Lieutenant Lannom joined the U.S. Navy from Tennessee and was a member of Attack Squadron 35, embarked aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65). On March 1, 1968, he was the bombardier/navigator aboard an A-6A Intruder (bureau number 15-2944) that took off from the Enterprise on a strike mission against enemy targets northeast of Haiphong, North Vietnam. Radio contact with the Intruder was lost as it approached the target area. It failed to return to the Enterprise following the mission, and search and rescue efforts failed to locate any sign of the aircraft or its crew. In 2017, a set of remains were recovered from an area correlating to the loss of LT Lannom's Intruder. Forensic analysis led to the identification of these remains as those of LT Lannom.

Lieutenant Lannom is memorialized on Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

If you are a family member of this serviceman, you may contact your casualty office representative to learn more about your service member.