SCHMITTOU, EUREKA LAVERN

Name: Eureka Lavern Schmittou
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E5
Unit:
Date of Birth: 18 April 1929
Home City of Record: RINGGOLD TX
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
Missions:

Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Homuth, Thomas Pettis, 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. 2020

REMARKS: ON SAR - LOST RADIO CONTACT - FOUND RAFT

CACCF/CRASH/AIRCREW/18 YRS UNITED STATES NAVY

No further information available at this time.

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Library of Congress files:

North Vietnam, pre-1975: AIR AND SURFACE SEARCH TERMINATED
Country: North Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: EUREKA LAVERN SCHMITTOU

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Missing

Reel: 200

Page: 17-20

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 67 05 26

Date of Information: 67 05 23

Document Number: 261156ZMAY67

Originator: USS HORNET

Category: Casualty files
 


North Vietnam, pre-1975: CASUALTY REPORTs
Country: North Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: EUREKA LAVERN SCHMITTOU

Subjects: Missing; Aircraft downed; Gulf of Tonkin

Comments: INCLUDES SUPPLEMENTAL REPORTS.

Reel: 200

Page: 4-10

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 67 05 23

Date of Information: 67 05 23

Document Number: 232230ZMAY67

Originator: USS HORNET

Category: Casualty files


North Vietnam, pre-1975: CHANGE OF CATEGORY FROM "DEAD (BNR)" TO "REMAINS
NONRECOVERABLE"
Country: North Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: EUREKA LAVERN SCHMITTOU

Subjects: Killed; Aircraft downed; Gulf of Tonkin

Reel: 200

Page: 69

Type of Document: Memorandum

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 67 05 23

Originator: JCRC-CDD-CR

Category: Casualty files

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PR1 EUREKA LAVERN SCHMITTOU

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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. 

Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Second Class Eureka Lavern Schmittou, who joined the U.S. Navy from Texas, was a member of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 2, embarked aboard the Hornet. He was a crew member aboard the Sea King when it went missing, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains were not recovered. After the incident, the Navy promoted PR2 Schmittou to the rank of Petty Officer First Class (PR1). Today, Aircrew Survival Equipmentman First Class Schmittou 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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