RANDALL J NIGHTINGALE
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HONORED ON PANEL 45E, LINE 14 OF THE WALL

RANDALL JOHN NIGHTINGALE

WALL NAME

RANDALL J NIGHTINGALE

PANEL / LINE

45E/14

DATE OF BIRTH

11/26/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/17/1968

HOME OF RECORD

ONARGA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Iroquois County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

AX2

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RANDALL JOHN NIGHTINGALE
POSTED ON 11.21.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

POW-MIA

Never forget.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 1.27.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PO2C Randall Nightingale, Thank you for your service as an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Tech 2nd Class on the USS YORKTOWN. You are still MIA. Please come home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It’s a New Year, but not necessarily better. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Be at peace.
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POSTED ON 11.26.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Petty Officer Second Class Randall John Nightingale, Served with Sea Control Squadron 23 (VS-23), Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 55 (CVSG-55), USS Yorktown, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
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POSTED ON 6.14.2015

Never forget our hero's still there.

Uncle Randy we miss you. Thank you for your service God Bless you and all the other hero's who gave all. I will never forget you. David John Hendricks
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POSTED ON 4.27.2014

Final Mission of AX2 Randall J. Nightingale

CDR Donald R. Hubbs (pilot), LTJG Lee D. Benson (co-pilot), AX2 Randall J. Nightingale (Antisubmarine Warfare Technician 2nd Class), and ADR Thomas D. Barber (crewman) comprised the crew of an Grumman S-2E aircraft assigned to Air Antisubmarine Squadron 23 aboard the USS Yorktown. As submarine action in Vietnam was virtually (if not completely) unknown, a wide variety of activities were conducted by anti-submarine units in Vietnam. Because anti-submarine warfare involves the use of magnetic detection gear or acoustic buoys in conjunction with "listening" devices, anti-submarine aircraft and their crews' training proved especially adaptable to reconnaissance and tracking missions. On March 17, 1968, Hubbs and his crew launched from the Yorktown on a night surveillance mission over the North Vietnam coast in the area of Vinh. Weather was bad with zero visibility. Approximately one hour after launch, the aircraft reported radar problems. No other transmissions were heard, and the aircraft disappeared from the ship's radar scope. All efforts to make contact were unsuccessful. However, five hours after the last contact, radio signals were heard, and North Vietnamese fishing boats were spotted in the area the next day. The last point of contact occurred about 30 miles off the shore of North Vietnam about 25 miles east southeast of the island of Hon Me. On July 20, 1968 a section of the starboard wing was found. During the period of July through September 1973 an overwater/at-sea casualty resolution operation was conducted to determine the feasibility and desirability of such water loses. These operations were terminated when it was determined to be unfeasible and nonproductive in such cases. Commander Hubbs and the rest of his crew are still carried in the status of Presumed Dead/Remains nonrecoverable. When considering a personnel loss at sea, the criteria for survival involves both the location and the cause of the loss. In the case of the S-2E, no reason for loss was ever determined. Therefore, it was either shot down or went down due to mechanical or weather difficulties. If mechanical difficulties resulted in the downing of the S-2E, in an entirely non-hostile environment, then there can be little chance of survival for the crew of the S-2E unless they managed to cross 25 miles of ocean. If enemy activity was present, however, there can be ample room for speculation that the crew might have been captured by one of the fishing boats in the area. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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