ORLAND J PENDER JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 67 OF THE WALL

ORLAND JAMES PENDER JR

WALL NAME

ORLAND J PENDER JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/67

DATE OF BIRTH

08/23/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/17/1972

HOME OF RECORD

WARWICK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kent County

STATE

RI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ORLAND JAMES PENDER JR
POSTED ON 10.19.2018

Final Mission of LT Orland J. Pender Jr.

CDR John R. Pitzen was an F-4J pilot and LT Orland J. Pender Jr. a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) assigned to Fighter Squadron 114 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). On August 17, 1972, the two were assigned to fly escort protection for A-6A Intruder attack bombers against a target near Haiphong, North Vietnam. Their function would be to fly a night MIG combat air patrol, protecting the attack aircraft. Pitzen's aircraft was about one minute behind the Intruders when they crossed the enemy coastline. The Intruder reported four surface-to-air missiles (SAM) fired from the Haiphong area. Either Pitzen or Pender radioed to the pilot of an A-6, "Viceroy 507, are you at point alpha?" The A-6 pilot responded, "Affirmative," indicating that he was at the coast-in point. Pitzen and Pender were still about one minute behind the Intruder flight, and continued north to Hon Gay. Pitzen's aircraft reached Hon Gay at 1:40 AM and the Kitty Hawk radar lost contact with the aircraft at this time. At 1:44 AM, another SAM was observed by the A-6 in the Haiphong area. The missile flew five to ten seconds in level flight at approximately 11,000 feet and then was observed to explode into two large fireballs. When the F-4 did not call "feet wet" indicating its return out to sea along the coast line, an immediate electronic surveillance was initiated which was continued throughout the next day with no results. Both Pitzen and Pender were declared Missing in Action. The remains of both officers were returned to U.S. control on November 29, 1994. They were positively identified February 20, 1996. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 9.11.2018
POSTED BY: Terri Dye

My brother

We are thankful for all the messages left about Jim and for him. We miss him everyday. He was a great brother. Jim grew up in Atlanta Georgia. He graduated from Briarcliff High School and then went to the Naval Academy. We were living in Rhode Island when he was shot down. I am so grateful for the example he set for me.
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POSTED ON 5.29.2017
POSTED BY: Clara Brunk

Friends

Jim was one of my brother's best friends. My brother's plane went into the Big Sur (unaccounted for) in May of 1972 and Jim was reported missing in August of 1972. I hope they are together somewhere having a good time.
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POSTED ON 8.23.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud Of our Vietnam Veterans

Lieutenant Commander Orland James Pender Jr., Served with Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114), Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11), USS Kitty Hawk, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
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POSTED ON 7.25.2016
POSTED BY: Tom Boyhan

Aviator, Warrior and Family man Extraordinare

O.J. we were roomates 1st class year at USNA and went thru P-cola together. You were a true officer & gentleman and I was humbled and honored to call you my class mate & friend. I remember the summer I visited you in Atlanta and your folks had a big party. Your great aunt heard my "Yankee" accent and went off on me about Sherman's march thru Georgia. You rescued me from her but I learned something about the after-effects of war. You were a great hooker on the rugby field and talked me into joining you for some serious head banging. We had some good times. I wound up in SEAL Team and did 3 tours and was so saddened to learn you were shot down. You are forever in my thoughts and memories as a class mate, friend and the example of the ideal officer. Rest in peace brother - at the 50th reunion 23rd Company will hoist a glass in your memory!
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