Eric John Schoderer
Cenotaph

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Eric John Schoderer

  • Birth 16 Jun 1944 Surf City, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 10 Nov 1966 Vietnam
  • Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Plot Courts of the Missing
  • Memorial ID 102495722

In Loving Memory ... AX3 Eric John Schoderer.
*** Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician, Third Class Schoderer was a member of Carrier Anti-Submarine Squadron 21, Carrier Anti-Submarine Group 53 aboard the Aircraft Carrier, USS KEARSARGE (CVS-33). On November 10, 1966, he was a crew member of a Martin Tracker Anti-Submarine Aircraft (S-2E) over the Gulf of Tonkin when contact with the aircraft was lost. 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!


ERIC JOHN SCHODERER - Navy - AX3 - E4
Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jun 16, 1944 - Born in ..rby, Penn.
From: SURF CITY, NJ
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, John Joseph Schoderer, Born Nov. 16, 1919 in Penn. and Died Dec. 29, 1988 at the age of 69 yrs. old in Ocean Co.,NJ. and Mother, Doris Marie Protevi Schoderer, both from Surf City, NJ. They were married in 1942 in Penn. Your Paternal Grandparents are, William K. and Jane Schoderer.


***** I remember you moving to Long Beach Island and Jon Jay and I visiting after you had left for the service. Your mom showing us a letter you had written to her on toilet paper from your training center. I and Jon both ended in Vietnam. I visited the MIA Memorial an the Punch Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii and found your name. We miss you and remember you.
Auf wiedersehen.
Frank Wanner



AX3 - E4 - Navy - Regular
Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Nov 10, 1966
Casualty was on Nov 10, 1966
In , NORTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, FIXED WING - CREW
Loss Coordinates: 193000N 1083000E (BK346365)
AIR LOSS, CRASH AT SEA

Body was not recovered
Panel 12E - Line 52


Other Personnel In Incident: John M. Riordan, William T. Carter and Thomas J. McAteer (missing)



At 2230 hours on 09 November 1966, an S2E aircraft launched from the deck of the USS Kearsarge on a night surveillance mission in the Gulf of Tonkin. Lt. Thomas J. McAteer, pilot; Lt. JG William T. Carter, co-pilot; AX3 Eric J. Schoderer, radar navigation specialist; and AMS3 John M. Riordan, flight mechanic; comprised its crew.

The last radar contact between the Tracker and its control ship was at 0145 hours on 10 November. At that time AX3 Schoderer had completed plotting the location of a possible new target and the aircrew was in the process of investigating it. Since it was normal for the aircraft to disappear from radar during these operations, no alarm was raised until it did not return to the USS Kearsarge at the expected time.

A search and rescue (SAR) operation was immediately launched.

That search produced aircraft wreckage and personal survival/flight gear far out in the Gulf of Tonkin.

However, there was no trace of Lt. McAteer, Lt. JG Carter, AX3 Schoderer or AMS3 Riordan.

According to the US Navy, after examining the recovered debris, the cause of the accident was undetermined, but it was suspected that "the aircraft made an uncontrolled contact with the water."

The crew was initially listed as Missing in Action. Each man's status was changed the next day to Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered at the time the formal search was terminated.

If Thomas McAteer, William Cart, Eric Schoderer and John Riordan died at sea as a result of this incident, there is virtually no chance that their remains can ever be recovered due to the type of loss.


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I am from a place called Long Beach Island that doesn't exist anymore, except in memories. It was a quiet seaside community composed mostly of waterman, and clammers who made their living on the bay. For two months during the summers our populations would grow then vanish with October and the coming of winter. We had only a few thousand residents, mostly poor, living in the Southern Regional School District. Our small population was hit hard by Vietnam, statistically one of the hardest hit. We lost William Ayres, Richard Ford, Tommy Rutter, Eric Schoderer and Walter Dennis Horner. We lost neighbors from Egg Harbor and Toms River. We shuttered with hoarse recoil at each death and sought the comfort of sea birds squinting headlong into the blow. A few years ago I contacted Southern Regional High School and asked them why there was no memorial plaque dedicated to these heroes, so that the students would remember this history, and remember these young men just out of high school. The school thought me a nuisance. So be it. Recognition for the last full measure paid by these young men is too sacred too hallowed to argue. Suffice to say, they touched the sand they smelled the brine. They were of us. This place is gone now. The whole of it swallowed up by condominiums and expensive real estate, loud voices and cars. The summer population has come to live full time to grace our backward ways. The bays no longer yield the clams. The waterman is gone. The place has no memory. But God is memory. He knows the count of every hair on the heads of these our beloved heroes, to which we will rely on faith alone to keep the candles lit for all eternity.
David Carl Bruton - Neighbor

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Gravesite Details Looking for location of his hometown Memorial Headstone.

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  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: 23 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102495722
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eric John Schoderer (16 Jun 1944–10 Nov 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102495722, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .