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is honored on Panel 34E, Line 58 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Dear Mr. Cooley and His Loved Ones

    Posted on 12/10/16 - by Lisa Thompson
    The Ultimate Sacrifice you gave, along side two other men that day, one being my father, William Joseph Thompson. I am searching for stories about him, therefore if anyone on this post has any, I'd LOVE to hear them. I was only a few months old when he passed. Thank you, Lisa
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/3/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Lieutenant Orville Dale Cooley, Served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk with Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
  • Final Mission of LT Orville D. Cooley

    Posted on 7/21/15 - by
    On January 16, 1968, LT Orville D. Cooley, a 9 year Navy veteran from Seward, Nebraska, was the pilot of a U.S. Navy Grumman C-1A Trader that crashed upon launch from the USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). Due to previous rainfall which made the deck wet, upon break release, the aircraft drifted to the starboard, veering sharply to the port and striking the Fresnel lens installation as it continued over the port side, crashing into the sea. The aircraft was a carrying visiting U.S. Senators to shore when the crash occurred. The senators were among the seven survivors but unfortunately LT Cooley was not among those who survived. His remains were not found. Also lost in this incident were co-pilot LCDR William J. Thompson and passenger A03 William H. Reedy Jr. Their bodies were also not recovered. The catapult and arresting gear officer who frequently flew on the C-1A (call name Pawtucket 69) stated that LT Cooley had not slept for two days before his accident and should not have been assigned to fly the morning of the 16th. LT Cooley was 30 years-old at the time of his death. He was the loving father of Wallace and Molly Cooley who were 2 years-old and 6 months old at the time, as well as a caring husband to his widowed wife, Elizabeth. [Taken from and]
  • Remembering you on this date

    Posted on 7/3/14 - by Molly Cooley
    You would have been 77 today. Hard to imagine. My memories of you have all been borrowed from the memories of those who knew you well. The photo of you holding me was the last birthday you celebrated :(
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LT Orville Dale Cooley, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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