John Michael Christensen

United States Marine Corps
19 August 1946 - 08 December 1978
Ogden, UT
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Naval Flight Officer

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

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by another A-6 aviator.

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The EA-6A was an electronic warfare variant of the basic A-6A INTRUDER all-weather attack aircraft. Developed solely for use by the Marines, the EA-6A introduced into combat at Da Nang RVN in November 1966. The aircraft provided ECM support for all service branches, primarily in North Vietnam and Laos. The EA-6As were withdrawn in 1971, but returned when LINEBACKER operations were instituted following North Vietnam's Spring '72 offensive.

On 13 April 1972, Captain David L. Leet, pilot, and Captain John M. ("Chuck") Christensen, electronic warfare officer, departed Da Nang Airbase in an EA-6A (BuNo 156979) on a night combat mission deep in North Vietnam. Their target area included the extremely well defended area of Hanoi/Haiphong Harbor. After completing their mission, the Intruder was on its return flight to base. CAPT Leet established their last radio contact at 0412 hours. At that time there was no indication of trouble with the aircraft and they were approximately 100 miles offshore North Vietnam, 165 miles south-southwest of Haiphong, 92 miles northeast of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam; and 175 miles north-northwest of DaNang.

When the Intruder failed to return to base, a full scale search and rescue (SAR) operation was initiated. During the extensive aerial search, no trace of the aircraft or its crew was found. Both David L. Leet and John M. Christensen were listed Missing in Action.

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one who remembers,
Ken Davis 
05 Jun 2001

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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