MICHAEL S BIXEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 83 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL SARGENT BIXEL

WALL NAME

MICHAEL S BIXEL

PANEL / LINE

1W/83

DATE OF BIRTH

06/23/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/24/1972

HOME OF RECORD

FT WALTON BEACH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Okaloosa County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LTJG

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

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POSTED ON 10.24.2021
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael Sargent Bixel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism and extraordinary achievement while engaged in aerial flight. He served as a Naval Flight Officer and was assigned to VA-115, CVW-5, USS MIDWAY, TF 77, 7TH FLEET.
See https://navy.togetherweserved.com/
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POSTED ON 6.18.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 74th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

LTJG Michael Sargent Bixel has a stone in his memory in Section 31, site 909 of the Barrancas National Cemetery.

POW-MIA...Never Forget

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 6.7.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 6.23.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael Sargent Bixel, Served with Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115), Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), USS Midway, Task Force 77 (TF-77), 7th Fleet.
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POSTED ON 10.14.2017

Casualty at Sea

On October 24, 1972, the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA-41) was conducting flight operations in the Gulf of Tonkin. At 7:50 PM, a U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder from Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) was returning to the Midway following a single-plane “seeding mission” in North Vietnam. As the Intruder landed aboard the carrier, a landing gear failure caused the aircraft to swerve sharply right into Navy personnel and other aircraft parked on the bow flight deck. The wayward aircraft came to a rest among the parked airplanes and burst into flames. There were mass casualties as a result of the crash. Fatally injured in the incident were AO2 Clayton M. Blankenship, AMSAN Daniel P. Cherry, AN Robert W. Haakenson Jr., and AA Robert A. Yankoski. LTJG Michael S. Bixel, the bombardier/navigator aboard the Intruder, either ejected himself or his seat fired during the crash landing, sending him over the side of the ship. An immediate air and surface search was started with three vessels and one helicopter to recover LTJG Bixel. No distress signals were heard, nor was he sighted at any time during the search. It was believed that Bixel did not pull free from his ejection seat and went down with the seat since no survival equipment (flotation gear, strobe light, pyrotechnic flares, or signal pistol) were detected. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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