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Spec Robin Ray Yeakley

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Spec Robin Ray Yeakley

  • Birth 24 Jul 1948
  • Death 11 Jun 1972 Vietnam
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 60, Site 9906
  • Memorial ID 24194418

Spc. Robin R. Yeakley of South Bend, Indiana has been missing in action since 1972 when his helicopter crashed. He was flying over a jungle area when the helicopter was struck by enemy fire and crashed. The crash site was found in 2006. He is honored on Panel 1W, Row 41 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Army Capt. Arnold E. Holm Jr. of Waterford, Conn.; Spc. Robin R. Yeakley of South Bend, Ind.; and Pfc. Wayne Bibbs of Chicago, will be buried as a group, in a single casket representing the entire crew, on Nov. 9, in Arlington National Cemetery. On June 11, 1972, Holm was the pilot of an OH-6A Cayuse helicopter flying a reconnaissance mission in Thua Thien-Hue Province, South Vietnam. Also on board were his observer, Yeakley, and his door gunner, Bibbs. The aircraft made a second pass over a ridge, where enemy bunkers had been sighted, exploded and crashed, exploding again upon impact. Crews of other U.S. aircraft, involved in the mission, reported receiving enemy ground fire as they overflew the crash site looking for survivors. Between 1993 and 2008, joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), interviewed witnesses, investigated, surveyed and excavated possible crash sites several times. They recovered human remains, OH-6A helicopter wreckage and crew-related equipment—including two identification tags bearing Yeakley's name. Scientists from the JPAC used forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence to identify the crew.

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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 26 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24194418
  • Diane Reich
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Robin Ray Yeakley (24 Jul 1948–11 Jun 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24194418, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .