Final Mission of A03 William H. Reedy Jr.Posted on 7/21/15 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgOn 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 pownetwork.org and togetherweserved.com]MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear AO3 William Henry Reedy Jr, sirMORE
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
RemembrancePosted on 5/29/12 - by Patti Leary firstname.lastname@example.org MORE
MY FRIEND & SHIPMATEPosted on 11/9/10 - by HARRY TRAEGER FLIP727@TAMPABAY.RR.COMSTILL MISS AND THINK OF YOU OFTEN
Not ForgottenPosted on 7/14/10 - by Richard Dost, AO3 email@example.comShipmate..U.S.S. Kitty Hawk CVA 63 off the Gulf of Tonkin. G Division Flight Deck Crew. 1966 to 1969.
miss you stillPosted on 7/15/06 - by JIM firstname.lastname@example.orgNOT A DAY GOES BY I DON"T THINK OF YOU. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU.
Loving My Brother BillyPosted on 5/16/05 - by Your Loving Sister Patti email@example.com MORE
We RememberPosted on 11/22/04 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgWilliam has a military stone in his honor at Ft Rosecrans Nat Cem.
Thank you MatePosted on 5/12/03 - by Donald LytleAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you William Henry Reedy, Jr., for your continued vigilant and faithful service, to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore, you shall never be forgotten!
Again, thank you Sailor, for a job well done!
MAYBE ONE DAY SOON.....UNTIL THEN.....HEAVENLY PEACE MY FRIEND
Not ForgottenPosted on 2/22/03 - by Candace LokeyI have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.MORE
We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :
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.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.