Michael Thomas Newell

United States Navy
13 June 1940 - 14 December 1966
Ellenville, New York
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Naval Aviator

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

The database page for Michael Thomas Newell

13 Jan 2005

Michael, you will always be with us, we love you.

From his friends,
Fifi, Cheryl, Ann-Marie and Laura
E-mail address is not available.

16 Jun 2005

In memory of a brave man who made the supreme sacrifice.
God bless you always for what you did, you are not forgotten.

"Courage and resolution are the spirit and soul of virtue"
154/41, Proverbs.

From Friend,
Anthony Newell

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 14 Dec 1966 a Navy ALPHA strike from the USS TICONDEROGA was targeted against a vehicle depot at Van Dien, about 5 miles west of Hanoi. As usual, fighters were tasked with providing combat air patrol over the target area while the bombers worked the target.

While over the target LT Michael Newell, flying F-8E BuNo 149148, was hit by fragments from an SA-2 surface to air missile. LT Newell advised his flight lead that his aircraft was handling well, turned south to egress the target area, and began a climb from the 6,000 foot CAP orbit to a higher altitude. A few minutes later he advised that he had lost hydraulic pressure, and comrades watched helplessly as his Crusader entered into uncontrolled flight and dove into the ground from an altitude of about 17,000 feet. Newell did not eject before ground impact; since he was not injured by the SA-2 impact it may be that G-forces due to uncontrolled flight prevented him from ejecting. His remains have not been repatriated.

TICONDEROGA lost a second aircraft during the strike; LT Claude D. Wilson of Attack Squadron 72 (A-4E BuNo 151068) was hit by an SA-2 after departing the target area but stayed in the air. As he neared Thanh Hoa, he was hit a second time and his A-4E exploded in flight. LT Wilson's remains were repatriated in 1989.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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