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is honored on Panel 1W, Line 102 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of LCDR Barton S. Wade

    Posted on 4/20/18 - by
    LCDR Robert S. Graustein and LCDR Barton S. Wade were a members of Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75), Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3), aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). On December 21, 1972, they comprised the crew of a U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder (#152946) attack aircraft on a combat mission to attack airfields at Haiphong and Kien An in North Vietnam. Approximately six miles southwest of Haiphong, their Intruder was destroyed by an airborne explosion after being hit by ground fire. When Graustein and Wade failed to return from their mission, it was assumed that they had been lost in the target area, and the crew was placed in Missing in Action (MIA) status. None of the American POWs repatriated in February and March of 1973 had any knowledge of the two men, and they were continued in MIA status until the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Findings of Death for Graustein on March 3, 1975, and for Wade on August 24, 1976. On March 7, 1986, the U.S. government announced that the remains of the two air crewmen were among a group of remains turned over by the Vietnamese government on December 4, 1985. [Taken from,, and]
  • Veteran's Day

    Posted on 11/11/17 - by Dava R. Hamerling
    Thinking of my Uncle Bart today and wishing he could have been a part of my children's lives.
  • Still remembering

    Posted on 1/19/16 - by Michelle Sharpe
    The silver MIA remembrance bracelet for LCDR Wade has been in my family for over 20 years now. I found it when going through my own family's estate. As a veteran and the last surviving member of my immediate family, I send much love and respect to the entire Wade family and his squadron. God bless, you. You are not forgotten!Sharpe
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/21/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear CDR Barton Scott Wade, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter

    Posted on 5/17/13 - by Mersida Muratovic & Michelle Brown (NPRC) - dlh

    Photo Date - April 18, 1971

    Bart was a true hero in that he chose to do a dangerous job even when he could have honorably been elsewhere. He wanted to fly and wanted to make a difference in the service of his country, and died doing what he loved to do.

    From a friend - Pete Young (

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The Wall of Faces

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