FRANK R COMPTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 29 OF THE WALL

FRANK RAY COMPTON

WALL NAME

FRANK R COMPTON

PANEL / LINE

6E/29

DATE OF BIRTH

01/11/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/21/1966

HOME OF RECORD

CHATHAM

COUNTY OF RECORD

Pittsylvania County

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR FRANK RAY COMPTON
POSTED ON 1.9.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

LT Frank Ray Compton has a memorial stone at Hillcrest Burial Park in Chatham, VA.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 3.21.2020
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Distinguished Flying Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CVAN-65)
GENERAL ORDERS:
All Hands (January 1967)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Frank Ray Compton, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of an A-4C Skyhawk in Attack Squadron NINETY-FOUR (VA-94), embarked in U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CVAN-65), during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Vietnam, on 18 February 1966. Lieutenant Compton planned and led a three-plane strike mission against a strategically located bridge in enemy-held territory. He personally destroyed the 80-foot camouflaged span in the face of heavy opposition. His expert airmanship, courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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POSTED ON 2.28.2018

Final Mission of LT Frank R. Compton

LT Frank R. Compton and LCDR John M. Tiderman were A-4C Skyhawk pilots from Attack Squadron 94 (VA-94), Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9), aboard the USS Enterprise (CVAN 65). On March 21, 1966, they launched with another A-4C from the Enterprise for an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The flight leader reported seeing a bright orange flash in his rearview mirror. Simultaneously, contact was lost with Compton and Tiderman. Other aircraft crews reported seeing enemy surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and smoke in the flight area. However, no parachutes were seen and no beepers were heard at the time of the incident. Search and rescue units recovered two helmets and other survival equipment that were confirmed to belong to Compton and Tiderman. The loss is suspected to have been caused by an SA-2 missile which was visually sighted at the time of the incident, or possibly by mid-air collision from evasive maneuvers under low overcast and poor visibility conditions. Neither pilot was recovered and both are presumed dead. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and United States Naval Operations Vietnam, Highlights, March 1966 at americanlegion318fl.org]
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POSTED ON 1.4.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

THANK YOU

Dear Lt Frank Compton,
Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer (Plot) on the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. You are still MIA.
PLEASE COME HOME.
It is 2018, Happy New Year, and it is the 11th Day of Christmas. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.11.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lieutenant Frank Ray Compton, Served with Attack Squadron 94 (VA-94), Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9), USS Enterprise, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
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