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Gregory Roger Aldern
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Birth: Aug. 10, 1957
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
Death: May 16, 1960
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

In Memory of ..... Baby Boy, Gregory Aldern.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family. There will always be a part of you living in those who loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Father - Commander Donald D. Aldern was a pilot assigned to Attack Air Wing 19 onboard the USS ORISKANY.

On June 29, 1970, Aldern was launched in an A7A Corsair aircraft on a bombing mission in southern Laos. His aircraft was the lead aircraft in a flight of two on this night mission over Attopeu Province, Laos. The flight was to be monitored and directed by a Forward Air Contoller (FAC).
Cdr. Aldern reported commencing his bombing run while his wingman circled the area awaiting his turn on target. The wingman observed several bomb explosions and then a large explosion and fire just beyond the bomb impact area. He attempted to make radio contact with Cdr. Aldern, but received no response. No parachute or electronic signals were observed or heard by either the wingman or the FAC.
If the aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire in the bomb run, at the release point or lower, there would be very little reaction time available to initiate pilot ejection. In view of the above, and reconstructing the observation of the other aircraft on station, the Navy came to the conclusion that Aldern was still in the aircraft at the time it impacted the ground. However, the Navy further concluded, there existed the possibility that Aldern ejected, and declared Aldern Missing in Action rather than Killed in Action.

Eight years later, as no evidence had been received that Aldern was alive, he was presumptively found dead.


Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph
Colorado Springs, CO
Tuesday, May 17, 1960 page 8:6

Deaths and Funerals - Gregory Aldern, infant son of Lt. and Mrs. Donald Dean Aldern, Air Force Academy.

Services at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Date to be announced later.

Interment Hills of Rest Cemetery, Sioux Falls. (OUR CHAPEL OF MEMORIES).


Family links: 
  Donald Deane Aldern (1930 - 1970)
Hills of Rest Memorial Park
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
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Record added: Jan 12, 2007
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