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is honored on Panel 38W, Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CDR Ernest A. Stamm

    Posted on 3/1/18 - by
    On November 25, 1968, pilot CDR Ernest A. Stamm and Reconnaissance Attack Navigator (RAN) LTJG Richard C. Thum comprised the crew of a U.S. Navy North American RA-5C Vigilante (#149293) from Heavy Reconnaissance Squadron RVAH-5, “Savage Sons,” Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14), aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64). They were on a reconnaissance mission near Van Tap, 20 miles northwest of Vinh, in North Vietnam, when they were tracked by radar-guided surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). The Vigilante jinked wildly to avoid the barrage until it was hit, exploding into four parts. Two parachutes were seen, but it is unlikely either crewmen survived the explosion caused by a possible direct SAM hit. One report suggests that Stamm may have been captured alive, but died before making it to a POW camp. Stamm’s remains were repatriated March 13, 1974, and positively identified on April 17, 1974. He was promoted to Captain during the time he was missing. Thum’s remains were repatriated September 30, 1977, and identified October 25, 1977. [Taken from and the books “RA-5C Vigilante Units in Combat” by Robert R Powell and “U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Damaged or Destroyed During the Vietnam War” by Douglas E. Campbell]
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/23/14 - by Robert Sage
    Ernest is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Collinsville,IL.
  • Distinguished Flying Cross

    Posted on 11/25/13 - by A Vietnam Vet
    Distinguished Flying Cross

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Ernest Albert Stamm, United States Navy, for heroism while participating in aerial flight on 25 November 1968 with Reconnaissance Squadron FIVE, embarked in U.S.S. CONSTELLATION (CVA-64) during combat operations in Southeast Asia. As the pilot of an RA5C aircraft, Commander Stamm led a photographic mission over North Vietnam in support of a special reconnaissance program. In the face of a rapidly building anti-aircraft artillery barrage and continuous tracking by enemy fire control radars, he skillfully maneuvered his unarmed aircraft along the prescribed route to gain complete photographic coverage of the assigned objective areas. Commander Stamm's aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and immediately became uncontrollable, forcing him top eject into a hostile area. His professionalism, superb airmanship and steadfast courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
    Action Date: November 25, 1968

    Service: Navy

    Rank: Commander

    Company: Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 5

    Division: U.S.S. Constellation (CVA-64)
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/1/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Ernest Albert Stamm, 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
  • Ernie's Help

    Posted on 7/28/13 - by Cdr Jay R Smith, Jr (SC) USN Ret.
    Ernie helped me get through PE(Boxing and wrestling) by taking it easy on my left shoulder and arm that had been injured playing high school football. He was a great guy and friend. It was a great loss to many when he left this world.
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