Wayne Conrad Reinecke

Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician 3rd Class
United States Navy
08 May 1946 - 12 January 1967
Milwaukie, Oregon
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USN Aircrew

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Wayne Conrad Reinecke

24 Jul 2005

I did not know Wayne personally, but I was in the ship's Air Control Tower the night the helo went down. I witnessed the events leading to his death and I took part in the investigation of the crash.

Wayne, you are not forgotten! Until we meet together in heaven
Be at peace, my shipmate.

V-1 Division, USS BENNINGTON (CVS-20)
Gulf of Tonkin

Steven Jacobson, ABHAN US Navy

08 Dec 2005

I've been wearing Wayne's POW/MIA bracelet for about 5 years now. I've tried to contact someone who knew him, so I can find out more about this great man.

Thank you for your service!

(M)Sgt Mark A. Eaker, USAF

10 Jan 2006

What a surprise to find this site regarding my nephew Wayne. It's hard to believe that it's been 39 years since we were informed of the accident.

From his uncle,
James Schierholz

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Redondo Man Hurt In Copter Crash

A Redondo Beach, California man was among three Navy men injured when a SH3A helicopter from the USS BENNINGTON CVS-20 went down in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam, the Navy announced today. Two men are reported missing.

The pilot, Lt(jg) Charles Stella, of Gonzales, Texas, and Petty Officer 2nd class Roberto B. Reed, of Houston, each suffered a broken leg in the Thursday night crash.

Lt(jg) Finkenhagen of Redondo Beach, the co-pilot, suffered a broken arm and leg, the Navy said.

The three were picked up by choppers from the BENNINGTON. Cause of the crash of the anti-submarine warfare helicopter is being investigated, the Navy said.

From an unidentified news article dated January 14th, 1967
Provided to the
by Joe Pires, former SK3 aboard BENNINGTON

Two men of Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron 8 died when SH-3A BuNo 149909 crashed at sea:

As with most losses at sea their bodies could not be recovered.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a shipmate,
Steven D. Jacobson
24 Jul 2005

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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