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CDR Max Duane Lukenbach
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Birth: Aug. 15, 1932
Pima County
Arizona, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1965, Vietnam

In Memory of ...... CDR. Max Duane Lukenbach.
*** Commander Lukenbach was a member of Reconnaissance Heavy Attack Squadron 13, Carrier Air Wing 11 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). On December 22, 1965, he was the pilot of a North American Vigilante Fighter (RA-5C) over Hai Duong in Hai Hung Province, North Vietnam when he was shot down. 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 those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 33
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Aug 15, 1932
Marital Status: Married - Rozelle Marie Lukenbach, from Madison, Wisconsin. They had two children: Steven Max Lukenbach Born May 5, 1960 and Kathryn Ann Lukenbach Born Julyl 10, 1962. Parents: Father, Lorain LeRoy Lukenbach from Tucson, AZ and Mother, Anna Marie Hendricksen Lukenbach. Mother is Deceased. Paternal Grandparents, Leroy Lukenbach (1884 - 1948)and Etta Pearl Mills Lukenbach (1883 - 1967).

***** (Father) - Lorain Lukenbach was born 23 October 1906 in Nichols. He married 4 January 1928 Annie Marie Hendrickson, who was born 8 May 1908, died 23 April 1962.
They had two children: Phyllis Jean Lukenbach and Max Duane Lukenbach.
1.)Phyllis Lukenbach married Thomas E. Grimes of Boone, Iowa. They had one daughter, Rebecca Jane Grimes. They were divorced, and Phyllis lives in California with her second husband, Jonathan Huie.
2.)Max Duane Lukenbach was married to Rozelle Myersack, (I believe he was married to Rozelle MAYERSACK, I am a great niece of Rozelle's mother Verna Mayersack, and am fairly certain that is the spelling of the name.)daughter of Frank Myersack of Superior, Wisconsin. Rozelle was a teacher in her home town. Max graduated from Columbus Junction community school and attended college at the University of Arizona and Iowa State Teachers college at Cedar Falls, Iowa. He enlisted as a cadet in the U. S. Air Force and graduated with a B. S. degree from Monteray college in California. He was a Lieutenant Commander and a jet-engine bomber pilot. His plan was shot down 22 December 9165 over North Viet Name and no word ever came back except that he was "missing in action."
Max and Rozelle Lukenbach had two children: Steven Max Lukenbach and Kathryn Lukenbach.

Length of service 14 years
Casualty was on Dec 22, 1965
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
Rank/Branch: Commander/US Navy
Unit: Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 13
USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
Date of Loss: 22 December 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 205858N 1062400E (XJ455207)
Status in 1973: Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C "Vigilante"

Body was not recovered
Panel 04E - Line 34

Other Personnel in Incident: Glenn H. Daigle (released POW)

On 22 December 1965, then Lt. Cmdr. Max D. Lukenbach, pilot, and Lt. JG Glenn H. Daigle, photo/navigator, comprised the crew of an RA5C aircraft that launched from the deck of the USS Kitty Hawk on a photo battle damage assessment mission.

Approximately 5 miles from the designated area to be photographed, Lt. Cmdr. Lukenbach reported they were "going down below for the photos," and instructed the escort aircraft to "stay on top." At this time the pilot of the escort aircraft reported seeing artillery puffs and called "Heavy AA, keep jinxing!".

They also observed Lt. Cmdr. Lukenbach's aircraft going into a descending turn, trailing either smoke or fuel. No radio emergency radio signals were received from either downed crewman.

Because of the intense enemy presence in the area, no search and rescue operation was possible.

At the time of loss Max Lukenbach and Glenn Daigle were immediately listed Missing in Action.


Several years after the Vigilante's loss, US intelligence learned that Lt. JG Glenn Daigle had in fact been the pilot that ejected from his crippled aircraft and had been captured by the North Vietnamese as soon as he reached the ground. His status was immediately upgraded from Missing in Action to Prisoner of War. He returned to US control on 12 February 1973 during Operation Homecoming.

On 30 April 1969, the US Navy determined that Lt. Cmdr. Max Lukenbach did not survive the crash of his aircraft and subsequently changed his status from Missing in Action to Killed in Action under a Presumptive Finding of Death


Family links: 
  Lorain Leroy Lukenbach (1906 - 1971)
  Anna Marie Hendricksen Lukenbach (1908 - 1962)
Note: Looking for hometown location of his Memorial Headstone.
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.3136, -157.84703
*Cenotaph [?]
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Record added: Dec 09, 2010
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