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

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LEFT FOR ROBERT W HAAKENSON JR
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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POSTED ON 10.22.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear AN Robert W Haakenson Jr, 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
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POSTED ON 10.24.2009
POSTED BY: 60's Girl

Your Angel Day

On this your angel day I humbly give thanks for your service and sacrifice and with honor I leave you this poem . . .

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
Author Unknown
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POSTED ON 11.21.2005
POSTED BY: Bob Ross

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932

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POSTED ON 6.1.2005
POSTED BY: Judy Gergen

ROBERT W HAAKENSON JR

In remembrance of my Dear Brother Bobby......I miss you so much. It was your ultimate sacrifice that brought me, Dennis, Mom and our step dad Richard to the wonderful knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are all saved and coming home one day to spend eternity together. Thank you so much. May God continue to Bless these United States of America. You will never be forgotten Robert. With love and gratitude....Your sister.......Judy Gergen
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