SPARENBERG, BERNARD JOHN

Name: Bernard John Sparenberg
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E7
Unit:
Date of Birth: 27 March 1929
Home City of Record: BALTIMORE MD
Date of Loss: 05 February 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: HELI
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno:

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

REMARKS: DIED IN HELI CRASH

CACCF/CRASH/NON-AIRCREW

No further information available at this time.

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02/2020

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CSF BENARD JOHN SPARENBERG

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On February 5, 1966, an SH-3A Sea King (bureau number unknown) with fifteen crew and passengers crashed in the South China Sea while en route to the fleet oiler USS Navasota (AO 106). Search and rescue efforts recovered twelve of the men from the helicopter, but the last three could not be located following the crash.

Chief Shipfitter Bernard John Sparenberg, who entered the U.S. Navy from Maryland, served aboard the Navasota and was aboard this Sea King at the time of its loss. He was not recovered and remains unaccounted for. Today, Chief Shipfitter Sparenberg 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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