Name: Ronald Philip Soucy
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E5
Date of Birth: 18 January 1937
Home City of Record: WHITTING LAKE IN
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

Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Homuth, Thomas Pettis, Eureka
Schmittou,  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




No further information available at this time.


Library of Congress files:

North Vietnam, pre-1975: Report of Casualty - Casualty Status and List of
Interested Persons -- Final
Country: North Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: Ronald Phillip Soucy

Subjects: Killed

Comments: Document includes Statement Concerning Determination of Status and
Determination of Death, PFOD Jan. 11, 1968.

Reel: 145

Page: 48-52

Type of Document: Casualty Report

Date of Report: 68 01 00

Date of Information: 67 05 23

Originator: USN

Category: Casualty files

Chronological Synopsis of Reports
Name: Ronald P. Soucy

Subjects: Missing; Gulf of Tonkin

Comments: Document includes photo of Ronald P. Soucy, Biographic/Site
Report, Navy Master List, undated Circumstances and biographic sheets, and
map of the Gulf of Tonkin. PFOD remains nonrecoverable status assigned 11
Sept 1974

Reel: 145

Page: 1-8

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 67 05 23

Category: Casualty files




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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. 

Aviation Machinistís Mate (Jet Engines) Second Class Ronald Philip Soucy, who joined the U.S. Navy from Indiana, 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 ADJ2 Soucy to the rank of Aviation Machinistís Mate (Jet Engines) First Class (ADJ1). Today, Aviation Machinistís Mate (Jet Engines) First Class Soucy 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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