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Born

August 25th, 1941

Aurelia, Iowa


Cherokee County,Iowa.Norman's birthplace.





  


October 8, 1967

Killed/Body Not Recovered
Quang Nam, Vietnam


Monkey Mountain,Quang Nam, Vietnam.







Branch: Navy
Rank: LTJG
Serial Number: 677774
Component: Reserve
Pay grade: O2
Unit: Early Warning Squadron
111, Detachment 34, USS
ORISKANY (CVA34)
MOS (Military Occupational
Specialty code): 1315 (Pilot)





Other Personnel in Incident: Roland R. Pineau; Raul A. Guerra; Donald F.
Wolfe; Andrew G. Zissu (all missing)


Start of Tour: Sunday,
October 8, 1967
Date of Casualty: Sunday,
October 8, 1967
Age at time of loss: 26
Casualty type: (C3)
Non-hostile, died while
missing
Reason: Air loss - Crashed on
land (Crew member - Fixed
wing aircraft)
Loss Coordinates: 160935N
1080322E (AT875905)
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: E1B
Refno: 0856
Country: South VietNam
Province: Quang Nam
The Wall: Panel 27E - Row 075

   
   
The USS ORISKANY was one of several U.S. aircraft carriers to be semi-permanently stationed on Yankee Station in Vietnam. Its attack wings flew against varied targets in North Vietnam including bridges, ammunitions stores, highways, and railroads. 1967 was a particularly active year for all carriers, and the ORISKANY was no exception.Her pilots flew 9,552 combat/combat-supported missions, expending some 7,500 tons of ordnance on enemy targets. Probably most significant was the fact that Oriskany's aircraft flew an unprecedented 181 air strikes in the high-threat northeast section of North Vietnam which includes the cities of Hanoi and Haiphong.

During the 7 months of combat operations, Oriskany pilots made over 11,000 catapult launchings, burned over 11 million gallons of jet fuel and 974,000 gallons of aviation gasoline.
The Mighty O,as she looked in 1967.
On October 8, 1967, LtJg. Andrew G. Zissu was the pilot of an E1B aircraft which launched from the ORISKANY on a morning combat mission in support of a major strike over North Vietnam. Zissu's crew that day included LtJg. Donald
F. Wolfe, LtJg. Norman L. Roggow, and ATC Roland R.Pineau. Also on board was one passenger, Seaman Raul A. Guerra, listed as a Journalist Petty Officer, Third Calass.

The E1 aircraft was a propeller aircraft that was generally used by the Navy for Early Warning operations, or for flight assistance in bombing missions.Typically, the slower moving E1, unable to keep up with faster moving jet
aircraft, would be used in a standoff position for radar jamming while the jet aircraft executed their mission.

The E1B

At the completion of the combat mission, the aircraft was sent to Chu Lai, South Vietnam for refueling before the next mission. The aircraft landed at Chu Lai, refueled and took off again for another mission on the back to the USS ORISKANY. Immediately after takeoff radio contact with the ship was
made and the crew reported that their flight was airborne and would be ready for its mission upon arrival. In addition, radio contact was established mmediately after takeoff with DaNang Radar who was to keep them under observation during their trip north to the ship. They planned to fly directly over DaNang and then proceed to the ship.

As they approached DaNang radar on a northwesterly course, radar contact was lost, however, radio contact was maintained with the aircraft. After overflying DaNang, radar
contact was again established at a point approximately 10 miles northwest of DaNang in mountainous terrain. An immediate right turn was recommended by the radar controller to a northeasterly course. The pilot acknowledged that he was turning, right before he could complete his turn, radar and radio contact was lost simultaneously and an alert issued by DaNang radar immediately.
An aggressive search and rescue and operation was conducted, however,efforts were hampered because of adverse weather, low visibility, and rain.
The weather improved and the aircraft wreckage was sighted, scattered over a wide area on a sheer face of Monkey Mountain near Da Nang. A fellow detachment officer flew over the crash site in an Air Force Helicopter and
positively identified the wreckage as that of the missing E1B. Because of the hazardous terrain, the crash site was inaccessible by helicopter and too dangerous for ground parties to be sent in. Due to the terrain characteristics at the crash site, the force of the impact into the face of
the ridge, and the obvious complete destruction of the aircraft, it was not believed that there were survivors.

No sign of survivors was noted. It was not possible to recover remains, and all personnel aboard the aircraft were declared Killed/Body Not Recovered. The Navy did not rule out the possibility of hostile interference, although
the general feeling was that inclement weather was the cause of the crash.

The Defense Intelligence Agency further expanded the men's classification
to include an enemy knowledge ranking of 3. Category 3 indicates "doubtful
knowledge" and includes personnel whose loss incident is such that it is
doubtful that the enemy wound have knowledge of the specific individuals
(e.g. aircrews lost over water or remote areas).
The Navy men on board the E1B lost on October 8, 1967 were listed as
killed,body not recovered. They are among nearly 2500 Americans who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam war. The cases of some, like the E1B, seem clear - that they perished and cannot be recovered. Unfortunately, mounting evidence indicates that hundreds of Americans are still captive, waiting for the country they proudly served to secure their freedom.

In our haste to leave an unpopular war, it now appears we abandoned some of our best men. In our haste to heal the wounds of this same war, will we
sign their death warrants? Or will we do what we can to bring them home?

 
 
I don't believe these pages are ever complete.I will always keep searching for new information to add about my adoptee.My brothers both came home from Vietnam, and I am thankful for that, but its not enough. There are things we can do to help bring our POW/MIA soldiers home. Start by adopting a POW/MIA of your own.
 

 

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