BRIAN L BUSHNELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 111 OF THE WALL

BRIAN LEE BUSHNELL

WALL NAME

BRIAN L BUSHNELL

PANEL / LINE

12W/111

DATE OF BIRTH

03/09/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/09/1970

HOME OF RECORD

TUALATIN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washington County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

AN

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BRIAN LEE BUSHNELL
POSTED ON 9.3.2019
POSTED BY: Ethan Bruce Bushnell

Dear uncle

Dear uncle
Brian, every day since I was old enough for my dad to tell me your story, I have wished that I could've had the honor of meeting you. I know that every day my father misses you, and that you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 8.4.2019
POSTED BY: Daniel Mei

Thank you Brother

Dear Brian you were a good friend and one hell of a liberty partner, had a lot of fun in Subic Bay! It was a bad day when we heard your a/c went down and even worse when they never recovered you or the crew. So sorry Brother, you will never be forgotten, Fair winds and following seas! Daniel AMSAN. AMS shop
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POSTED ON 8.28.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANK YOU

Dear An Brian Bushnell,
Thank you for your service as an Aviation Structural Mechanic (Structural) Airman from the U. S. S. CORAL SEA. You are still MIA.
PLEASE COME HOME.
As the another summer comes to an end, it is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Be at peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.20.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of AN Brian L. Bushnell

Final Mission of AN Brian L. Bushnell
One of the aircraft that launched from the decks of the USS CORAL SEA was the Grumman E-2A Hawkeye. It was a strange-looking aircraft, with twin turboprop engines, four vertical stabilizers (three of which were actually necessary for controlled flight, the remaining surface being added for appearance's sake), and a large, 24-foot diameter radome which rotated at six revolutions per minute, on a pylon directly above the fuselage. The E-2A mission was airborne early warning, vectoring fighters and strike bombers to and from targets on the ground, as well as airborne threats of MiG interceptors. The Hawkeye was literally the aerial nerve center of the fleet, controlling bomber strikes and MiG-killing missions with equal facility. LTJG Charles B. Pfaffmann was an E-2A pilot assigned to Carrier Early Warning Squadron 116 onboard the USS CORAL SEA. On April 9, 1970, he and his co-pilot LT Larry C. Knight and technicians AN Brian L. Bushnell and AMH3 Andrew A. Horchar Jr. were launched in their E-2A Hawkeye on a routine mission over Vietnam. Immediately after launch, the aircraft crew reported a fire and their intention to return to the ship. LT Pfaffmann's aircraft impacted the water about three miles ahead of the CORAL SEA. A rescue helicopter and escort destroyer were on the scene within minutes. No survivors were seen, and no remains were recovered. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 4.30.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of AN Brian L. Bushnell

Final Mission of AN Brian L. Bushnell
The attack carrier USS Coral Sea formed part of Task Force 77, the carrier striking force of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific. One of the aircraft that launched from the decks of the Coral Sea was the Grumman E-2A Hawkeye was a strange-looking aircraft, with twin turboprop engines, four vertical stabilizers (three of which were actually necessary for controlled flight, the remaining surface being added for appearance's sake), and a large, 24-foot diameter radome, which rotated at six revolutions per minute on a pylon directly above the fuselage. The E-2A mission was airborne early warning, vectoring fighters and strike bombers to and from targets on the ground, as well as airborne threats of MiG interceptors. The Hawkeye was literally the aerial nerve center of the fleet, controlling bomber strikes and MiG-killing missions with equal facility. LTJG Charles B. Pfaffmann was an E-2A pilot assigned to Carrier Early Warning Squadron 116 onboard the USS Coral Sea. On April 9, 1970, he and his co-pilot LT Larry C. Knight and technicians AN Brian L. Bushnell and AMH3 Andrew A. Horchar Jr. were launched in their E-2A Hawkeye on a routine mission over Vietnam. Immediately after launch, the aircraft crew reported a fire and their intention to return to the ship. LT Pfaffmann's aircraft impacted the water about three miles ahead of the Coral Sea. A rescue helicopter and escort destroyer were on the scene within minutes. No survivors were seen, and no remains were recovered. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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