DAVID A KARDELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 112 OF THE WALL

DAVID ALLEN KARDELL

WALL NAME

DAVID A KARDELL

PANEL / LINE

1E/112

DATE OF BIRTH

06/12/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/09/1965

HOME OF RECORD

SONOMA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sonoma County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID ALLEN KARDELL
POSTED ON 2.11.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrances from Randy Kelso are touching and reflect his admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 5.23.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

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Never forgotten.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 11.3.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt David Kardell, Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer (Pilot) on the USS CORAL SEA. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Election Day is in 2 days. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 2.23.2016
POSTED BY: Veryl Champine

A great guy lost

It's hard to believe it's been more than 50 years since your loss. Please know that there are a lot of us that still think of you and remember you as one of the good guys. In our minds you will never grow old.

Veryl Champine
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POSTED ON 4.26.2014

Final Mission of LT David A. Kardell

LT David A. Kardell was the pilot of an F-8D Crusader assigned to Fighter Squadron 154 on board the USS CORAL SEA. On May 9, 1965 Kardell and LT Jack Terhune were providing fighter protection for a flight of attack aircraft on a road reconnaissance mission in North Vietnam. The target area was just inside Thanh Hoa Province, about 10 miles southwest of Co Dinh near the Nghe An Province border. Toward the end of the flight, the attack planes spotted a military vehicle which they did not want to attack with bombs because it was too near a populated area. The leader of the attack planes called for assistance in destroying the vehicle. Lieutenant Kardell initiated a strafing attack against the target, with Lieutenant Terhune following. His attack was right on target, but instead of pulling out at a safe altitude, his plane was observed to continue its dive until it impacted with the ground and exploded. It is not known whether his plane was hit by ground fire or some other malfunction developed during the dive. There was no radio transmission indicating that he was experiencing trouble, nor did the pilots on the scene receive any answer to their transmission telling Lieutenant Kardell to pull up. Lieutenant Terhune, his wingman, witnessed the entire dive and was certain that Lieutenant Kardell had not ejected. He searched the area thoroughly for a parachute or other signs of survival, with negative results. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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