"I was his plane captain the day he took off and never returned. I will never forget being the last one waiting on the flight deck, with his ladder and tie downs, for him to return; and wondering what happened when they said "recovery complete". He was the nicest officer I ever served under in my four years in the Navy."
John P. Marinos
LTJG Joe R. Mossman Chapter
April 10, 1986: Bob L. Wingate Jr. of the "National Forget-Me-Not Association for POW-MIA, Inc. - LTJG Joe R. Mossman Chapter, started a campaign to place a bronze plaque on the U.S.S. Independence honoring those that served in Vietnam and did not return, or who were taken prisoner.
While flying BuNo.149999 with VA-72, aircraft was struck by small arms fire.