Page Is Dedicated To
Ronald "L" Roehrich
|Thanks to Joni's Patriotic Graphics.
- Name: Ronald "L"
- Rank/Branch: O2/US Navy
- Unit: Fighter Squadron 114, USS
KITTY HAWK (CVA 63)
- Date of Birth: 16 November 1941
- Home City of Record: Springdale
- Date of Loss: 18 January 1968
- Country of Loss: North
- Loss Coordinates: 192859N
- Status (in 1973): Killed/Body
- Category: 5
- Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B
- Other Personnel in Incident:
Warren W. Boles
by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from
U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources,
Warren W. Boles was a pilot assigned to Fighter Squadron 114 onboard the aircraft carrier
USS KITTY HAWK. On January 18, 1968, he and his radar intercept officer (RIO), Lt.JG Ron
Roehrich launched in their F4B Phantom fighter aircraft as the second plane of a two-plane
section. Their assigned mission was as Barrier Combat Air Patrol Mission to protect
friendly air and surface units in the Gulf of Tonkin.
|The two aircraft
were launched independently and proceeded to their assigned station separately. Enroute to
the station, Boles established radio contact with his airborne controller and was
immediately vectored to investigate an unidentified surface contact in a threatening
position in the Gulf. Boles descended through a low overcast and positively identified the
contact as a non-hostile, cargo-type ship. Seconds later, radio and radar contact were
lost with Bole's aircraft.
Search and rescue helicopters were immediately sent to the scene and confirmed, by a fuel
slick and debris, that the aircraft had crashed at sea. Although an exhaustive search was
conducted, no survivors were found. The weather at the scene was about 700 feet overcast
with low visibility and it was very dark.
Final analysis of the accident concluded that Boles apparently became disoriented while
visually tring to identify the surface contact and flying on instruments and inadvertently
collided with the water. The Commanding Officer believed that Boles had no warning of his
impending crash and that his death was instantaneous.
Boles and Roehrich appear to have perished in the unexplained crash of their aircraft that
January day in 1968. They are among nearly 2500 Americans who remain missing or
unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Thousands of refugee reports have been received
since the war ended which have convinced many authorities that hundreds of these Americans
are still alive. While Boles and Roehrich may not be among them, one can imagine their
cheerfully accepting one more mission to help guard their flight to safety.
Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been
supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with
regularly for updates."
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