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Maj Ronald Nicholas “Ron/Ronnie” Sittner

Maj Ronald Nicholas “Ron/Ronnie” Sittner

South Euclid, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 6 Sep 1974 (aged 36)
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot 41, 0, 1666
Memorial ID 1184514 · View Source
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In loving memory of... Ronald Nicholas Sittner.
*** Major Sittner was a member of the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On August 23, 1967, he was the bombardier/navigator of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4D) on a mission 5 miles northeast from Tuyen Quang, North Vietnam, when the aircraft crashed. His remains were recovered on June 1, 1992 and identified on November 25, 1997. 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: 29
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Nov 20, 1937
County of Record:CUYAHOGA COUNTY
Marital Status: Married - Daughter, Margaret Sittner. Baby Sister, Rosamond Sittner Stidam.

***** Dearest brother, you are loved and missed more then words can express. Your baby sister salutes you for giving your life for the country you loved,honored and served. Rosamond Sittner Stidam
Ronald Nicholas Sittner

***** Margaret Sittner - my father
Goodness, I just found out about this site. I was quite taken with the warm thoughts that went out to my Dad, I truly wished he had not died. I honor and respect his desire to do his job. Dan said it best when he wondered if Ron wasn't scared, and with much reason. God bless this earth and this world we live in. Pray that it will heal, sooner rather than later. Thanks for the kind words all.
Feb 3, 2007

MAJ - O4 - Air Force - Regular
His tour began on Jun 1, 1967
Casualty was on Aug 23, 1967
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT

Body was recovered
Panel 25E - Line 35

The four aircraft and their respective crews were
. . F-4D tail number 66-0238
Major Charles R. Tyler, captured
Captain Ronald N. Sittner, killed in action
. . F-4D tail number 66-0247
Captain Larry E. Carrigan, captured
1st Lt Charles Lane, killed in action
. . F-4D tail number 65-0726
Major Robert R. Sawhill, captured
1st Lt Gerald L. Gerndt, captured
. . F-4D tail number 66-0260
Major C. B. Demarque, picked up in Thailand
1st Lt J. M. Piet, picked up in Thailand

Within a matter of months the U.S. was able to confirm that Tyler, Carrigan, Sawhill, and Gerndt were POWs, but nothing was known about Sittner or Lane.

None of the POWs repatriated in early 1973 had any knowledge of the two men, Sittner and Lane.

Sittner and Lane were continued in Missing in Action status until the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for them - Lane in October 1973 and Sittner in September 1974.

Post-war investigations began in 1991 and led to the recovery of aircrew equipment and partial remains which were identified as belonging to Major Sittner (repatriated 1992, identified 1997). Captain Lane's remains have not been located.

On August 23, 1967, Major Charles R. Tyler, pilot, and Capt. Ronald N. Sittner, weapons systems officer comprised the crew of an F4D, call sign "Ford 01."

They departed Ubon Airfield as the lead aircraft in a flight of four.

Ford flight was conducting a strike mission against the Yen Vien railroad yard located in a densely populated and heavily defended area approximately 36 miles north of Hanoi. Weather conditions consisted of scattered clouds with towering cumulus clouds. While approaching the target, the flight was attacked from the rear by a flight of 2 MiG-21s armed with air-to-air missiles.

In the ensuing dogfight, Ford 04 and Ford 01 were struck by air-to-air missiles. Other pilots in the flight saw three parachutes leave the two fireballs.

At the time the informal SAR effort established by the rest of Ford flight was terminated, Larry Carrigan, Charles Lane, Charles Tyler and Ronald Sittner were immediately listed Missing in Action.

A few days after the loss, Ha Hoi press and Hanoi radio released news reports that several pilots had been captured.

In November 1991, a team from the Joint Task Force for Full Accounting (JTFFA) traveled to Vietnam to investigate the loss of Ford 01 and 04. Witnesses reported the capture of two airmen and stated that they were unable to locate the other two crewmen until 1970 when the partial remains of one of the two was located.

They provided no other details about the incident. The JTFFA team members concluded that the reported partial remains may have correlated to the remains of Capt. Lane, who was not confirmed to have ejected from his aircraft, but could have done so.

In April 1992, another US team from the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CIL-HI) interviewed additional witnesses, then surveyed and recovered equipment and personal artifacts from two gravesites at the crash site location reported to be where Charles Lane and Ronald Sittner had been buried.

The artifacts included ejection seat fragments and other wreckage. Additionally, a mangled .38 caliber revolver was turned over by local villagers and the serial number bore the number of the pistol issued to Capt. Sittner.

The team also recovered fragments of a flight suit, boots, zippers, etc., and a single dental fragment that matched the dental radiographs of Ronald Sittner.

Based on the identification of that dental fragment, Ronald Sittner was declared "remains recovered" on 25 November 1997.

Ronald Sittner's family accepted the identification of their loved one and buried him with the honor befitting an American serviceman who gave his life for his country.





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  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 26 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1184514
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Ronald Nicholas “Ron/Ronnie” Sittner (20 Nov 1937–6 Sep 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1184514, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .