Chief Petty Officer Henry
H. Herrin was a photographer's mate aboard an RA3B aircraft flown by LTCDR
James R. Dennison and co-pilot LTJG Terrence H. Hanley assigned a mission
over North Vietnam. Their plan was to fly from the U.S. Naval Air Station,
Cubi Point, Philippines to their target area and then recover at Da Nang Air
Base, South Vietnam for refueling and return trip. The mission was for
surveillance of the enemy lines of communication to determine truck traffic.
The mission was flown under radio silence, but was under surveillance by an
airborne radar control aircraft.
Emergency egress is accomplished by sliding down a chute in the bottom of
the aircraft. All crewmembers were equipped with survival radios and
survival kits containing flare pencils. The aircraft flew out to sea
approximately 20 miles and turned southeast. No further contact was made
with the aircraft.
An intensive search and rescue operation was called in consisting of surface
units, helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. It was terminated with negative
results. The area in which the aircraft was lost was one heavily traveled by
aircraft, fishing junks and coastal shipping.
All three men were placed in Missing In Action status, which was maintained
until after the war ended.
The crew of the RA3B downed that day in January 1968 may not have survived,
but evidence continues to mount that some of their comrades did - and are
currently being held prisoner in Southeast Asia.
The ultimate sacrifice of our nation's youth - their lives - is tainted so
long as even one American fighting man is held against his will. For the
sake of the living, and the honor of the dead, these men must be brought