John Anthony FeldhausCommander
ATKRON 152, CARRIER AIR WING 16, USS ORISKANY
United States Navy
03 October 1938 - 08 October 1966
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The database page for John Anthony Feldhaus
Jack was a Navy pilot and was shot down over North Vietnam while based aboard the USS ORISKANY. His remains were recently found and buried at the Arlington National Cemetery on 11/20/01.
Before his death, Jack received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in rescuing another aviator:
A note from The Virtual WallOn 20 August 1966, an Air Force RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft crewed by Edwin Tiffany Hawks and Richard M. Milikin was shot down. Hawks was picked up, but Milikin was not. It is believed that this is the downed crew that LT Feldhaus assisted. See the POW Network site.
The MissionOn 08 Oct 1966, then-Lieutenant Feldhaus launched from the carrier USS ORISKANY in an A-1H SKYRAIDER on an armed reconnaissance mission over Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam. As he and his wingman entered heavy clouds, Feldhaus radioed that he had been hit by enemy ground fire and his right wing was on fire. His wingman never saw Feldhaus' aircraft again, but he did report seeing a fireball on the ground which he believed to be an aircraft crash.
The wingman and another aircrew searched the area of the crash without success. They saw no parachute and heard no emergency radio signals. The visual search was hampered by enemy ground fire and deteriorating weather. Electronic surveillance continued on the succeeding days, but revealed nothing.
Jack Feldhaus was classed as Missing in Action. None of the POWs repatriated in 1973 were able to provide information about him, and on 31 October 1977 the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death. LT Feldhaus was promoted to Commander while carried in MIA status.
In October 1993, a joint U.S./Vietnamese team led by Joint Task Force-Full Accounting conducted an investigation in Thanh Hoa Province where they believed the crash occurred, but they found no aircraft debris or remains.
Between 1996 and 2000, another four investigations or excavations were conducted in Vietnam, yielding aircraft debris, pilot-related artifacts, personal effects and remains. The Army's laboratory in Hawaii announced positive identification of the remains recovered from the crash site on 30 October 2001, just over 35 years after his loss.
A memorial from his brother.|
16 Jan 2002
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With all respect
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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