MELVIN T KRECH
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 89 OF THE WALL

MELVIN THOMAS KRECH

WALL NAME

MELVIN T KRECH

PANEL / LINE

6E/89

DATE OF BIRTH

12/02/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/01/1966

HOME OF RECORD

MARINE ON ST CROIX

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washington County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

ADJ1

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MELVIN THOMAS KRECH
POSTED ON 3.16.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your brother Ray is touching. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever….
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POSTED ON 11.25.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

POW-MIA

Never Forget.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 2.13.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PO1C Melvin Krech, Thank you for your service as an Aviation Machinist's Mate (Jet Engine Mechanic) 1st Class on the USS ENTERPRISE. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 12.18.2016

Final Mission of ADJ1 Melvin T. Krech

On April 1, 1966, two USS Enterprise personnel were lost in an A-3B Skywarrior (#142665) in the Gulf of Tonkin about 45 miles off the southwest shore of the Chinese island of Hai Nan Tao. The pilot of the aircraft was CDR William R. Grayson, ADJ1 Melvin T. Krech was the designated navigator, and LTJG William F. Kohlrusch was the electronics flight officer. At 0800 hours that day, the aircraft was catapult launched for an operational flight when it experienced a nose gear collapse and crashed near the ship. The rescue helicopter was on the scene within moments of the crash, but sighted only Kohlrusch and he was the only one retrieved from the crash site. He died minutes after he was rescued. Krech and Grayson were listed Killed, Body Not Recovered. Navy officials believed at that time, due to the circumstances surrounding the loss of Grayson and Krech, that both were dead, and recovery of their remains would probably be impossible. Following their loss, both Grayson and Krech were posthumously awarded Air Medals; Grayson's with two Gold Stars in lieu of third award, and Krech's with three Gold Stars in lieu of fourth award. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 12.2.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Petty Officer First Class Melvin Thomas Krech, Served with Heavy Attack Squadron 4 (VAH-4), Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9), USS Enterprise, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
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