SCHOONOVER, CHARLES DAVID Name: Charles David Schoonover Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy Unit: Recon/Attack Squadron 9, USS RANGER (CVA-61) Date of Birth: 18 September 1931 (Louisville KY) Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN Date of Loss: 16 January 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 085446N 1072406E (YQ640860) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C Refno: 0232 Other Personnel In Incident: Hal T. Hollingsworth (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: LtCdr. Charles Schoonover was a pilot and Ensign Hal Hollingsworth a co-pilot of an RA5C Vigilante aircraft assigned to Reconnaissance/Attack Squadron 9 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61). On January 16, 1966, the two were launched from the carrier on a routine mission. While the aircraft was airborne, it had mechanical difficulties and crashed at sea. The accident is listed as having been non-battle related. The USS Ranger was stationed about 75-100 miles off the coast of South Vietnam, south southeast of Saigon in the South China Sea. Hollingsworth and Schoonover are listed with honor among the missing because no remains were found. Their cases seem quite clear. For others who are listed missing, resolution is not as simple. Many were known to have survived their loss incident. Quite a few were in radio contact with search teams and descri- bing an advancing enemy. Some were photographed or recorded in captivity. Others simply vanished without a trace. Reports continue to mount that we abandoned hundreds of Americans to the enemy when we left Southeast Asia. While Hollingsworth and Schoonover may not be among them, one can imagine their proud willingness to fly one more mission to bring in the intelligence needed to secure their rescue and flight to freedom. LTCDR Charles D. Schoonover graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954.