This is the aircraft carrier LCDR Richard F. Collins flew off of on that fateful night in November. It is a Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier. Please click here to go to a neat website about the USS Ranger. :)
Please click here,to see a list of states from the DPMO on missing servicemen from the Vietnam War.
Click here to see photos off of a microfilm from the Department of Defense on Richard Frank Collins. Click on the VA-196 patch to open it. It should be named "Richard Frank Collins File Album". (If you are a member of Yahoo, sign in, and then you will be able to download it. If you have a problem with it, please let me know by email, and I will send it to your email address.)
Please email me to find out how you can get my Library of Congress research on LCDR. Richard F. Collins at Mike Matteri.
This is the history of events leading up to LCDR. Richard Frank Collins's Disappearance:
When North Vietnam began to increase their military strength in South Vietnam, NVA(North Vietnamese Army) and Viet Cong troops intruded in neutral Laos for sanctuary, as well as to transport weapons, supplies, and troops. The road system used most was dubbed the "Ho Chi Minh Trail", given by the American serviceman at the time, due to the increased North Vietnamese traffic of supplies, weapons, and troop tansports along this road in Vietnam. Hundreds of American pilots were shot down trying to disrupt the communist supply route into South Vietnam.
Fortunately, U.S. Search and Rescue Teams "Angels of Mercy" in Vietnam was extremely successful, and recovery rate was very high
Unfortunately, there were nearly 2000+ servicemen who were not rescued.
Many of them were brought down along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, yet there was some alive on the ground, and in radio contact with Search and Rescue and other planes, some were known to have been captured and held against their will. IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME, ESPECIALLY LCDR. RICHARD FRANK COLLINS!!!!!!
These are the events leading up to LCDR. Richard Frank Collins's Disappearance:
On Nov. 22, 1969, An A-6 Alpha Intruder launched off the flight deck of the USS Ranger. This Intruder carried my adopted serviceman LCDR Collins, and Lt. Michael E. Quinn(Bombadier/Navigator)(Rank has changed to Commander), as part of a 2 plane mission, that were briefed for night road reconnaisance against targets of opportunity, that were inland from the South coast of Vietnam. (Note: At various times, because of high security nature of U.S. involvement in Laos, the service branches, at the time of Vietnam felt it was necessary to conceal loss locations in Laos, possibly due to what they might consider their lack of caring about what happened to the men they sent to Vietnam, and then decided that were either all dead, or with their families, and this can be no farther from the truth.
Whether the location was ever concealed, or "covered up" by corrupt politicians, the use of the phrase"inland from the coast of South Vietnam" is certainly misleading since the aircraft was seeking"targets of opportunity" on the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail in the Savannakhet Province, Laos.
Everything went as planned in the briefing, but another plane was not launched due to mechanical problems, but eventually the aircraft was launched and flew to the target area, arriving to the northeast of the road where Collins and Quinn had started reconnaissance, Subsequently the wingman that was flying with Collins and Quinn experienced a temporary navigation malfunction, causing several minutes delay.
Approximately 5 minutes passed and wingman began flight recon.,5-6 minutes after the wingman saw a billowing explosion and radioed to LT. Quinn, and LCDR. Collins, but received no response. The wingman did not think a lack of communication was reasonable to communicate due to the estimated distance between the aircraft.
After the wingman completed his attacks, he headed back to the carrier. The lead aircraft carrying LCDR Richard Frank Collins and LT. Michael E. Quinn, did not return to the carrier, nor had it been heard from again. Search and Rescue efforts were put into effect immediately, but were delayed due to loss of location. No voice or beacon signals were recieved by Search and Rescue forces.
LCDR. Collins and LT. Quinn are now classified as MIA (Missing in Action).
Could have LCDR Richard Frank Collins, and LT. Michael E. Quinn been shot down by an SA-2 Guideline Missile like the one below, and if so, where is the crash site, and where are these brave mens' remains???
Please click on picture to take you to a site on Russian made Surface to Air Missiles like this one used extensively in Vietnam.
Click here for the PMSEA (Personnel Missing Southeast Asia) for a detailed report on those accounted for, still missing, and unaccounted for from California.
If he is one of the hundreds of Americans experts now believe are still deceased in captivity in Southeast Asia, what are we doing to bring his remains home? What did he think of us, and why did the American government leave him to die in captivity?? Is it because of greed, or maybe the "river of denial" ran like a stream, and covered over the truth as to his release from his hell on earth.
If you would like to write to families of these missing servicemen, the only way I know is to go to this website, and follow the directions on the website.
When you write the letters to the families, please make sure that you address it in reference to the missing serviceperson's family.
This is how I got in touch with Mrs. Lucy Sennett.
She is the wife of one of my missing servicemen Robert R. Sennett.
I can only imagine what these families like Mrs. Lucy Sennett have been through of not knowing.
This must be hell on earth for them.
Please, let's make their lives easier by taking the torch for them and finding out what happened to their family member, and not accepting anything but the truth, and not subjecting ourselves to the "Presumptive Finding of Death" finding.
As a person of this cause, I can honestly say, that those families expect nothing less. Let's NOT ACCEPT anything less.
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