Deuso, Carroll Joseph
Navy Master chief boiler technician

Carroll Joseph Deuso, age 36, from Richford, Vermont, Franklin county.

Service era: Vietnam

Date of death: Tuesday, December 15, 1970
Death details:  On December 15, 1970, a C-2A Greyhound (bureau number 155120) carrying six crew and passengers launched from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61) in the South China Sea. About ten seconds after launch, the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. Search and rescue units responded immediately but there were no survivors. Searchers were able to retrieve the remains of two of the men aboard the aircraft, but the other four could not be recovered.

Master Chief Boiler Technician Carroll Joseph Deuso, who entered the U.S. Navy from Vermont, served with Detachment B, Mobile Support Unit, and was a passenger on this Greyhound at the time of its loss. He was not recovered after the crash and remains unaccounted for. Today, Master Chief Boiler Technician Deuso is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual’s case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

Source: National Archives, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, findagrave.com

Piersanti, Anthony J. Jr.
Navy Lieutenant (junior grade)

Anthony J. Piersanti Jr., age 24, from Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Date of death: Tuesday, December 15, 1970
Death details:  On December 15, 1970, a C-2A Greyhound (bureau number 155120) carrying six crew and passengers launched from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61) in the South China Sea. About ten seconds after launch, the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. Search and rescue units responded immediately but there were no survivors. Searchers were able to retrieve the remains of two of the men aboard the aircraft, but the other four could not be recovered.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Anthony Julius Piersanti Jr., who entered the U.S. Navy from New Jersey, served with Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 50 and was the copilot on this Greyhound at the time of its loss. He was not recovered after the crash and remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Piersanti is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual’s case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

Sources: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, findagrave.com

Owen, Clyde Chilton Navy aviation machinists mate 3

Clyde Chilton Owen, age 23, from Elkland, Missouri, Webster county.

Service era: Vietnam

Date of death: Tuesday, December 15, 1970
Death details:  On December 15, 1970, a C-2A Greyhound (bureau number 155120) carrying six crew and passengers launched from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61) in the South China Sea. About ten seconds after launch, the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. Search and rescue units responded immediately but there were no survivors. Searchers were able to retrieve the remains of two of the men aboard the aircraft, but the other four could not be recovered.

Aviation Machinist’s Mate (Jet) Third Class Clyde Chilton Owen, who entered the U.S. Navy from Missouri, served with Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 50 and was the loadmaster on this Greyhound at the time of its loss. He was not recovered after the crash and remains unaccounted for. Today, Aviation Machinist’s Mate (Jet) Owen is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual’s case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

Source: National Archives, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, findagrave.com

Mccoy, Meril Olen Jr.
Navy Lieutenant

Meril Olen Jr. Mccoy, age 23, from North, California, Sacramento county.

Service era: Vietnam

Date of death: Tuesday, December 15, 1970
Death details: On December 15, 1970, a C-2A Greyhound (bureau number 155120) carrying six crew and passengers launched from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61) in the South China Sea. About ten seconds after launch, the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. Search and rescue units responded immediately but there were no survivors. Searchers were able to retrieve the remains of two of the men aboard the aircraft, but the other four could not be recovered. Lieutenant Meril Olen McCoy Jr., who entered the U.S. Navy from California, served with Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 50 and was the pilot of this Greyhound at the time of its loss. He was not recovered after the crash and remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant McCoy is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Source: National Archives., Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, findagrave.com

Stewart, William Steven
Navy Petty officer 2nd class

William Steven Stewart, age 23, from Topeka, Kansas, Shawnee county.

Parents: Letha I. Stewart

Service era: Vietnam

Date of death: Tuesday, December 15, 1970
Cemetery: Buster in Perry, Kansas

Source: National Archives, findagrave.com, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Associated Press (1970)

Szlapa, John Frank III
Navy Aviation structural mechanic 3

John Frank III Szlapa, age 20, from Mount Clemons, Michigan, Macomb county.

Parents: John F. Szlapa Jr.

Service era: Vietnam

Date of death: Tuesday, December 15, 1970
Death details: On December 15, 1970, a C-2A Greyhound (bureau number 155120) carrying six crew and passengers launched from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61) in the South China Sea. About ten seconds after launch, the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. Search and rescue units responded immediately but there were no survivors. Searchers were able to retrieve the remains of two of the men aboard the aircraft, but the other four could not be recovered. Szlapa was one of the bodies recovered
Cemetery: Florida National

Source: National Archives, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, findagrave.com, UPI, Associated Press (1970)