|Birth: ||May 2, 1939|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 22, 1966, Vietnam|
In Loving Memory ... Robert Russell Sennett.
*** Senior Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Sennett was a member of Carrier Anti-Submarine Squadron 35, Carrier Anti-Submarine Group 57 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET (CVS-12). On January 22, 1966, he was a crew member of a Martin Tracker Anti-Submarine Aircraft (S-2D) with a mission to investigate an unidentified bogie. Later contact was lost when the plane was near Bach Long Vi Island, North Vietnam. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
ROBERT RUSSELL SENNETT - Navy - ADCS - E8
Date of Birth May 2, 1939 (Watertown, NY)
Home of Record: Mar Vista, CA
Marital Status: Married - Lucille Aline Sennett. Daughter,
Nicki Marie Sennett and Son, Timothy Robert Sennett, all from Chicopee Fals, Mass. Parents, Father, Robert Irvine Sennett and Mother, Ruth Elizabeth Sennett, both of Long
***** Robert is my beloved husband and father of our daughter, Nicki, and son, Tim. His name is engraved on the WALL, 4E, line 83, MIA 01/22/66 changed to KIA 05/10/73. He was one of a crew of 4 who lost their lives that day; LT William Forman, LTJG "Skip" Templin and CPO Edmund Frenyea, all listed at 4E lines 82 and 83. They are never, ever forgotten. I and my children, who are adults now, still miss our loved one each and every day. May they never be forgotten and always revered by their fellow countrymen for the high price they paid to keep their country free. May you all rest in peace. You remain in our hearts and prayers. I love you Bob and keep you always close in my heart.
Your wife always. Lucy"
Lucille from Santee, CA
*** We met when we were both stationed at NAS Seattle. We got married while stationed there. We have two children, Nicki who was 4 and Tim who was 3 when we lost Bob in 1966. Tim was married and has a 16-yr-old daughter; a lovely young lady who will never get to know her grandfather, personally. He is missed every day of our lives. Hopefully, his sacrifice will always be honored and remembered by those whose lives he touched, and those he had yet to meet. Love you always Bob.
Lucille A. Sennett
***** I don't really remember my dad, i was only 5 yrs old when his plane was shot down over the Gulf of Tonkin...my brother Tim was only 4yrs old. I do remember the day the Hornet pulled out of port in San Diego, August of 1965. We were in the car watching the ship pull away, Mom was crying and my brother was standing on the front seat, patting her on the shoulder & telling her "it's ok." My Mom has given us the gift of her memories of my dad. ..that's how I know I'm just like my dad in temperament, but my brother could be his twin in looks.
ADCS - E8 - Navy - Regular
His tour began on Jan 22, 1966
Casualty was on May 10, 1973
In , NORTH VIETNAM
Loss Coordinates: 193958N 1072159E (YG481761)
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH AT SEA
Body was not recovered
Panel 04E - Line 83
Other Personnel in Incident: (all missing)
LT William S. Forman, pilot;
LTJG Edwin B. Templin, copilot;
ADR2 Robert R. Sennett; and
AMHC Edmund H. Frenyea.
On 22 January 1966, Lt. Cmdr. William S. Forman, pilot, Lt. JG Edwin B. Templin, co-pilot, then Aviation Mechanic-Airman Apprentice Robert R. Sennett and Aviation Mechanic-Airman Edmund H. Frenyea comprised the crew of an S2 Tracker.
During the early morning hours of 22 January 1966, an S-2F anti-submarine warfare aircraft from VS-35 launched on a night visual surveillance mission along the coast of North Vietnam in support of the SAR destroyers stationed off the coast. There were four men aboard the aircraft, LT William S. Forman, pilot; LTJG Edwin B. Templin, copilot; ADR2 Robert R. Sennett; and AMHC Edmund H. Frenyea.
During this time their aircraft was under the advisory control of the US destroyer, USS Berkeley (DDG-15). In the first four hours of the mission, the crew reported no unusual circumstances nor had they seen anything of interest. The control center aboard the USS Berkeley reminded them that their mission should be concluded shortly and they were to return to the USS Hornet.
Receipt of this information was acknowledged by Lt. Cmdr. Forman. He also advised the control center they had a surface contact to investigate before departing the area.
At about 6 AM, toward the end of the mission, the aircraft disappeared from the destroyers' radar scopes. That wasn't unusual; if the aircraft descended to low altitude to investigate a contact, it would frequently go below the ships' radar horizons.
However, when radio contact could not be made with the S-2F, search and rescue efforts were begun.
No trace of the aircraft or its crew was found.
Within a few hours of the aircraft's disappearance, Radio Hanoi reported that an aircraft was shot down near Bach Long Vi Island. That island is located approximately thirty miles from the last known position of the Tracker which was in the Gulf of Tonkin.
North Vietnam never claimed these men as captured or killed, although within a few hours of the disappearance Radio Hanoi reported that an aircraft had been shot down near Bach Long Vi Island, North Vietnam.
The four crewmen had simply disappeared.
Since there was no proof of their deaths, they were classed as Missing in Action.
On 1 February 1966, the aircraft's four-man life raft was spotted off the coast of North Vietnam by other search aircraft roughly 152 miles from the last known position of the downed aircraft. This location is consistent with the winds and currents that existed during the ten day period they had been missing. The raft showed no sign of damage by gunfire.
On 14 March continuing search efforts found and recovered the helmet of one of the crew members. Damage to the helmet indicated the aircraft impacted the water in an uncontrolled manner rather than in a controlled ditching in a light sea. Based on available information, it is believed that helmet probably belonged to Edmund Frenyea.
When nothing else could be found to shed light on the fate of the crew, Bill Forman, Erwin Templin, Edmund Frenyea and Robert Sennett were all listed Missing in Action.
On 10 May 1973, the Secretary of the Navy approved Presumptive Findings of Death for the four men, changing their status to Died while Missing/Body not Recovered.
Note: Looking for location of his hometown Memorial Headstone.
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Dec 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102522150