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RICHARD MICHAEL MANCINI


is honored on Panel 34E, Line 30 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of AE2 Richard M. Mancini

    Posted on 3/24/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On January 11, 1968, a U.S. Navy OP-2E Neptune aircraft (#131436) from Observation Squadron 67 (VO-67), a squadron that operated secretly out of an airbase in Thailand, was one of three planes dispatched on an Acoubuoy drop mission over Laos. The Neptune aircraft was designed to drop electronic sensors to detect truck movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Carrying a crew of nine, radio and radar contact with the aircraft was lost at 9:57 AM. It was reported by one of the other pilots that the last words of lost aircraft's mission commander were simply, "I'm going down through this hole in the clouds." An extensive visual, electronic, and photographic search was conducted in the area of the aircraft's last known position. The lost crewmen included LTJG Denis L. Anderson, LTJG Arthur C. Buck, AE2 Richard M. Mancini, CDR Delbert A. Olson, AO2 Michael L. Roberts, ATN3 Gale R. Siow, LTJG Philip P. Stevens, ADJ2 Donald N. Thoreson, and PH2 Kenneth H. Widon. The crew's mascot, a bull terrier named Snoopy, was also killed. On January 23rd, a USAF A-1 Skyraider located a suspected crash site. On January 25th, an USAF O-2 Skymaster from the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron photographed the site. Using the photographs for photo interpretation, and in conjunction with visual air reconnaissance of the site, it was determined that the wreckage was that of the lost Neptune aircraft. The plane had crashed on the northern side of a sheer cliff, 150 feet below the 4583-foot summit line of Phou Louang mountain, about nine miles northeast of Ban Nalouangnua, Khammouane Province, Laos. It was decided that all indications were that there were no survivors and most probably no identifiable remains. Because of the heavy jungle canopy, irregular terrain, and the close proximity of enemy forces, no ground team was inserted to inspect the crash site for remains. There was no indication as to the exact cause of the crash. All members of the crew were placed in an initial casualty status of Missing in Action, later changed to Presumed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. Thirty-three years later, in an operation utilizing U.S. Army mountaineers, the crash was excavated and remains were recovered and repatriated on July 10, 2001. They were positively identified on May 20, 2003. A group burial took place at Arlington National Cemetery. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, pownetwork.org, and vo-67.org]
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  • Never forgotten

    Posted on 2/17/17
    RIP HERO.....
  • Happy Anniversary

    Posted on 6/19/14 - by Nikki Arel
    Today is June 18th. 11 years ago was the ceremony to honor you and the rest of your crew in Arlington. Amazing how, with 2 months in Alaska and no internet TODAY is the day I gain access and can see your face and think about you.
    Happy Anniversary, my friend. It is good to have you home.
    metta ...... nikki
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/23/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear AE2 Richard Michael Mancini, 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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  • Saw your son this weekend....

    Posted on 4/23/13 - by nikki arel

    Was heading to Albany this weekend and wanted to let you know, at least in spirit, that by having your bracelet for so long, and returning it to your family so many years ago, Rick and I have forged a friendship that is quite a blessing in both our lives. Thank you for bringing us together. I enjoyed seeing Rick and know that you would be so proud of him and your grandsons!

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