MICHAEL T NEWELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 45 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL THOMAS NEWELL

WALL NAME

MICHAEL T NEWELL

PANEL / LINE

13E/45

DATE OF BIRTH

06/13/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/14/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ELLENVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ulster County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL THOMAS NEWELL
POSTED ON 4.27.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LT Michael T. Newell

LT Michael T. Newell was a U.S. Navy pilot assigned to Fighter Squadron 194 (VF-194) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14). On December 14, 1966, a Navy Alpha strike from the Ticonderoga was targeted against a vehicle depot at Van Dien, about 5 miles west of Hanoi in North Vietnam. The fighters in the flight were tasked with providing combat air patrol (CAP) over the target area while the bombers worked the target. LT Newell was flying an F-8E Crusader (#149148) while over the target when he was hit by fragments from an SA-2 surface-to-air missile. Newell advised his flight lead that his aircraft was handling well, turned south to egress the target area, and began a climb from the 6,000-foot CAP orbit to a higher altitude. A few minutes later he advised that he had lost hydraulic pressure, and comrades watched helplessly as his Crusader entered into uncontrolled flight and dove into the ground from an altitude of about 17,000 feet. Newell did not eject before ground impact. Since he was not injured by the SA-2 impact, it may have been that G-forces from the uncontrolled flight prevented him from ejecting. The jet went down near the border between Nghe An and Thanh Hoa Provinces in southcentral North Vietnam. The flight leader did not hear an emergency beacon signal. He stayed in the area and determined that Newell did not escape from the aircraft prior to the crash. His remains were not recovered. Between 1993 and 2002, joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) visited the area of the incident five times to conduct investigations and survey the crash site. They found pilot-related artifacts and aircraft wreckage consistent to an F-8 Crusader. In 2004, a joint U.S./S.R.V. team began excavating the crash site. The team was unable to complete the recovery and subsequent teams revisited the site two more times before the recovery was completed in 2006. As a result, the teams found human remains and additional pilot-related items. Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC also used dental comparisons which lead to a positive identification on November 27, 2006. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, pownetwork.org, and usnamemorialhall.org]
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POSTED ON 12.14.2013
POSTED BY: Tommy Biurgdorf

Midshipmen Newell

1962 US Naval Academy Year Book called the Lucky Bag
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POSTED ON 11.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LT Michael Thomas Newell, 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 5.22.2013

If I should die...remembrances for LT Michael Thomas NEWELL, USN...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and [perchance, may therein comfort you.

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POSTED ON 3.30.2012
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng

Salute to a Fellow Veteran

You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.
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