LANNOM, RICHARD CLIVE
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
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.
Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 15 January, 2019 11:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Naval Aviator Accounted-For From The Vietnam War
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
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
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 www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa
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
Vietnam War veteran missing for 51 years laid to rest in Tennessee
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