Robert Franklin WeimortsLieutenant Commander
VA-85, USS KITTY HAWK
United States Navy
23 December 1934 - 22 April 1966
Eight Mile, AL
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Robert and his family had always been close neighhors of ours. His mother and my mother usually had morning coffee together all during the 50's and 60's.
Robert knew at a young age that he would one day become a Navy Aviator. All through school (elementary and high school) he took courses which whould help him to accomplish this goal. He and my brother attended Perkinston Junior College together and were roommates. My brother (who is deceased now) went on to become a Marine, and Robert went into the Navy to become that Navy Flyer he had always trained himself to be.
He planned his last mission from the USS KITTY HAWK, and gave his life for our country doing what he loved, flying.
Aim High, my Friend.
LCDR Robert F. Weimorts, pilot, and and Bombardier/Navigator LTJG William B. Nickerson were assigned to the Black Falcons of Attack Squadron EIGHTY FIVE (VA-85) embarked in USS KITTY HAWK. VA-85 flew the A-6A INTRUDER all-weather attack bomber. The INTRUDER was equipped with sophisticated radar and navigation systems which permitted the aircraft to operate effectively against a broad spectrum of targets regardless of weather or time of day.
On April 22, 1966, the two were assigned an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. In this type mission, the crew would use their radars to detect and prosecute convoys or even individual trucks.
The armed recce area included the north-south Highway 1 in the vicinity of Vinh (Ha Tinh Province). After pulling out from a bombing run on a target near the city of Vinh, Weimorts' wingman observed Weimorts' aircraft impact the water about 5 miles offshore. The cause of the crash was
unknown. Neither Weimorts nor Nickerson was seen to eject. No survivors or remains were recovered.
A memorial from his Friend And Former Neighbor,|
01 Aug 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)