PALENSCAR, ALEXANDER J. III
Remains returned 08/28/96
Remains ID'd 11/04/2002
Name: Alexander J. Palenscar III
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Squadron 112, Carrier Air Wing 11
Date of Birth: 20 October 1941
Home City of Record: NEW YORK NY
Date of Loss: 27 March 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 184800 North 1071300 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C #148519
Other Personnel in Incident:
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
No further information available at this time.
LCDR ALEXANDER JOHN PALENSCAR III
On November 4, 2002, Joint Task Force–Full Accounting (JTF-FA,
now DPAA) identified the remains of Lieutenant Commander
Alexander John Palenscar III, missing from the Vietnam War.
Lieutenant Commander Palenscar entered the U.S. Navy from New
York and was a member of Attack Squadron 112, Carrier Air Wing
11. On March 27, 1967, he piloted an A-4C Skyhawk (bureau number
148519, call sign "Montana 415") that launched from the USS
Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) on a strike mission against an enemy bridge
target in North Vietnam. During the mission, the aircraft
crashed for unknown reasons, killing LCDR Palenscar. Search
efforts failed to locate a crash site or wreckage, and his
remains were not recovered at the time. In 1996, information
obtained from the Vietnamese government led investigators to
excavate a crash site in Nghe An Province where they recovered
artifacts and human remains correlating to this loss; in 2002,
they were able to identify LCDR Palenscar from these remains.
Lieutenant Commander Palenscar is memorialized in the Courts of
the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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