WAYNE C REINECKE
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HONORED ON PANEL 14E, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

WAYNE CONRAD REINECKE

WALL NAME

WAYNE C REINECKE

PANEL / LINE

14E/17

DATE OF BIRTH

05/08/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/12/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MILWAUKIE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Clackamas County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

AX3

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WAYNE CONRAD REINECKE
POSTED ON 1.12.2020
POSTED BY: Joe Pires, USS BENNINGTON Historian and fellow shipmate.

Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Still here Wayne - never forgotten......
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POSTED ON 1.12.2020
POSTED BY: John Braun

SH-3A Crewman

AX3 Wayne Reinecke, You are remembered.
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POSTED ON 2.11.2019
POSTED BY: Richard Twillman

Fellow aircrewman in HS8, my best friend at the time.

Well my friend, it's been a long, long time. Your and Kemp's dying on that dark night was unnecessary. Your pilot, I forget his name, came into the aircrew bar in Sasebo and sat down next to me and cried because your death was his fault. He transferred out soon after. Heard he went to jet jockey training. Your copilot seemed oblivious to his shortcomings on that flight.
Several years ago came across a MIA site and was surprised to see your name on it. Wrote the guy who was wearing a MIA bracelet with your name and told him what happened to you. That you're not missing, just resting on the bottom of the South China Sea in a broken bird.
Evidently Kemp had been writing letters back home about all kinds of made up stuff that our squadron was doing. His folks seemed to believe you two died on some secret mission instead of pilot error.
Rest easy old friend, I've not forgotten you.





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POSTED ON 5.30.2016
POSTED BY: Severn H Kirchem

Young life Cut Short

I vaguely remember my Uncle Wayne, I do remember his orange 56 Chevrolet.. As a 5 year old...sad that he was only 19
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POSTED ON 7.5.2015

Gone From Us, But NEVER Forgotten..............

Went to see you today Wayne as the Vietnam Traveling Wall came to visit here on Oak Island, NC. As a fellow shipmate and the historian for the USS Bennington Association, I remember 12 January 1967, as it was a few days after Bob Hope and his Christmas show were aboard. SH-3A Tail # 149909 from HS-8 aboard the old girl (BENNINGTON CVS-20) went to a watery grave with you and Clayton Kemp. We NEVER had the opportunity to meet but please know that you will NEVER be forgotten as long as there is one member of the ship that remains on this side of the turf. To you and Clayton, "thank you again shipmate" for your service to our country.

48 years ago this tragic event happened but there isn't a 12 January that goes by and you both are not thought of. I'm happy that your sister and Clayton's had the opportunity to meet before. I had always wished that it would happen. As the historian for the USS BENNINGTON Association, I've made sure that the info was added to the Time Line History of the ship for historical purposes. You shall be remembered always..............
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