Ronald Frederick Yale

First Lieutenant
VMO-2, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
22 February 1946 - 24 March 1971
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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Naval Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ronald Frederick Yale

11 Nov 2001

Recognizing a friend, gone so long now but not forgotten.
Sleep until the resurrection.

Your pal, Ken

02 Jun 2005

I remember his humanity and sense of humor. He treated every Marine with dignity. Always smiling.

From a Marine comrade.
Then Cpl. Bill Herbert
Now LCDR Bill Herbert USN (Ret)

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In March 1971 Marine Observation Squadron TWO (VMO-2) was withdrawn from Vietnam. The squadron was to fly its aircraft from Danang to Cupi Point Naval Air Station in the Philippines, where they would be loaded aboard ship for carriage to the United States.
"The squadron commenced ferrying aircraft to NAS Cubi Point, The Philippines, for shipping in conjunction with its scheduled redeployment. Ten aircraft departed Danang on 24 March with Hostage SIX (LtCol Janz) leading. The day was marred by the loss of a squadron pilot, Lt R.F. Yale (Hostage3 FANG) who, after experiencing aircraft difficulties, ejected, however was drowned before the on-scene rescue helicopter and a boat from a nearby ship could complete the rescue."
- VMO-2 Squadron History

"Ron was lost during retrograde of OV-10A aircraft over the South China Sea, not over North Vietnam. We were enroute to NAS Cubi Point in the Philippines. Fuel leaked from the drop tank during transfer. He shut down one engine on the presumption that he could extend the range of the airplane by doing so. It was later determined that he did not have enough fuel to get to Cubi or any other landfall, so he ejected near a Navy ship in the area and drowned before the ship's launch could get to him."
- David Hallin, Flight Leader during retrograde, VMO-2

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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