ROBERT W HAAKENSON JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 84 OF THE WALL

ROBERT W HAAKENSON JR

WALL NAME

ROBERT W HAAKENSON JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/84

DATE OF BIRTH

09/19/1953

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/24/1972

HOME OF RECORD

OMAHA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Douglas County

STATE

NE

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT W HAAKENSON JR
POSTED ON 9.15.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 9.16.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Burial Information

AN Robert W. Haakenson Jr. is buried in Brooklawn Section, Lot 319, Space 1 of the Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Omaha, NE.
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POSTED ON 9.16.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 67th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Non sibi sed patriae.
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POSTED ON 2.25.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear An Robert Haakenson,
Thank you for your service as an Airman on the U.S.S. MIDWAY. It has been too long, and it's about time 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 10.14.2017

Casualty at Sea

On October 24, 1972, the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA-41) was conducting flight operations in the Gulf of Tonkin. At 7:50 PM, a U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder from Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) was returning to the Midway following a single-plane “seeding mission” in North Vietnam. As the Intruder landed aboard the carrier, a landing gear failure caused the aircraft to swerve sharply right into Navy personnel and other aircraft parked on the bow flight deck. The wayward aircraft came to a rest among the parked airplanes and burst into flames. There were mass casualties as a result of the crash. Fatally injured in the incident were AO2 Clayton M. Blankenship, AMSAN Daniel P. Cherry, AN Robert W. Haakenson Jr., and AA Robert A. Yankoski. LTJG Michael S. Bixel, the bombardier/navigator aboard the Intruder, either ejected himself or his seat fired during the crash landing, sending him over the side of the ship. An immediate air and surface search was started with three vessels and one helicopter to recover LTJG Bixel. No distress signals were heard, nor was he sighted at any time during the search. It was believed that Bixel did not pull free from his ejection seat and went down with the seat since no survival equipment (flotation gear, strobe light, pyrotechnic flares, or signal pistol) were detected. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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