PETTIS, THOMAS E.  (see note - family says spelling PETTIT)

Name: Thomas E. Pettis
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Date of Birth: 31 October 1941
Home City of Record: MOBILE AL
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 #14985

Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Homuth, 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.


No further information available at this time.


From - Mon Jun 26 08:46:45 2000
From: Cathie <>

Hi, my name is Cathie and I am a niece of one of the POW's found here. I
came here out of curiosity since we had our family reunion and my
uncle's name came up. His name is Thomas E. Pettit and it is listed here
as Thomas E. Pettis.
Please check the spelling for me if you could. The
bio is described just as I have been told as I was growing up so I am
sure this is the right man I am speaking of. And if there is anymore
info on Thomas E. Pettit, I would greatly appreciate it. I would have
loved to have known him. I was told what a wonderful and brave man he
Thanks in advance,



Service Member


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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 Junior Grade Thomas Edwin Pettis, who joined the U.S. Navy from Alabama, served with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2 aboard the Hornet. He was the pilot of the Sea King when it disappeared, and he remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Pettis is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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