Name: Wayne Conrad Reinecke
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E4
Date of Birth: 08 May 1946
Home City of Record: MILWAUKIE OR
Date of Loss: 12 January 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 162453 North  1065610 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: SH3A #149909
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 2014

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


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On January 12, 1967, an SH-3A Sea King (bureau number 149909) with a crew of six was approaching the aircraft carrier USS Bennington (CVS-20) in the Gulf of Tonkin when it crashed for unknown reasons approximately 2,000 yards from the ship. Search and rescue efforts were launched immediately and continued over the next twenty-four hours; searchers succeeded in recovering four survivors but the last two crew members could not be found, and none of the survivors reported seeing them after the crash.

Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician Third Class Wayne Conrad Reinecke, who entered the U.S. Navy from Oregon, was a crew member on this Sea King at the time of its loss and could not be recovered. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician Third Class Reinecke 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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