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LCDR John Bethel Tapp

LCDR John Bethel Tapp

Birth
Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Death 23 Mar 1966 (aged 32)
Vietnam
Burial Poole, Webster County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 2599286 · View Source
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In Memory of .......... LCDR John Bethel Tapp.
*** Lieutenant Commander Tapp was a member of Attack Squadron 93, Carrier Air Wing 9 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVAN-65). On March 23, 1966, he was the pilot of a Douglas Attack Aircraft Skyhawk (A-4C) over North Vietnam. As he returned to the USS ENTERPRISE, about 8 miles away, contact was lost. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
*** Memorial Burial at Cypress Hills National Cemetery
Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA, Plot: , 3927
*** There is also a Memorial headstone at Shady Grove Cemetery, Poole, Webster County, Kentucky, USA
Shares headstone with - Lambert Tapp - Birth: Oct. 25, 1918 - Death: Dec. 7, 1941
Inscription: Lost at sea - US Navy Gunners Mate 3rd Class
**Per Tom Reece - John has a marker in his memory at Shady Grove Cemetery, Poole, Webster County, KY.


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!


JOHN BETHEL TAPP - Navy - LCDR - O4
Age: 32
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Sep 6, 1933
John - born September 6th, 1933 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
From: HARRODSBURG, KY
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Married - Margaret Cortney Tapp, Daughter, Cynthia Dianne Tapp and Son, Jeffrey Wayne Tapp, all from Nas Lemoore, CA.
Parents: Father, Leighman Anderson Tapp: Born Nov. 28, 1893 in Henderson County, Kentucky and Died Apr. 7, 1961 in Harrodsburg, Mercer Co., Kentucky and Mother, Gertrude Dorsett Gaskia of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Born 1905 and Died 1998.



His tour began on Mar 23, 1966
Casualty was on Mar 23, 1966
In NORTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, FIXED WING - PILOT
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: O4
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
ID No: 402429083
MOS: 1310: Unrestricted Line Officer (Pilot)
Unit: VA-93, CVW-9, USS ENTERPRISE, TF 77, 7TH FLEET

CASUALTY DATA
Casualty Date: 03/23/1966
Age at Loss: 32
Location: Offshore, North Vietnam
Remains: Body not recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of other causes
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Pilot
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash at sea
AIR LOSS, CRASH AT SEA

Body was not recovered
Panel 06E - Line 43


Other Personnel: None


The Douglas A4 Skyhawk was a single seat attack jet flown by both land-based and carrier squadrons, and was the U. S. Navy's standard light attack aircraft at the outset of the war. Flying from a carrier was dangerous and as many aircraft were lost in "operational incidents" as in combat.

After completing his combat mission over North Vietnam, Lt. Cmdr. Tapp made a night carrier controlled approach to the USS Enterprise.

As he attempted to land on the carrier's rolling deck, his Skyhawk did not engage the arresting cable and continued off the flight deck at a speed too slow to allow the pilot to climb for altitude. The aircraft crashed into the sea and broke apart on impact.

As part of the standard operating procedures during carrier takeoffs and landings, search and rescue (SAR) helicopters were already airborne. As soon as the emergency alert was given, SAR efforts were immediately initiated. The wreckage was found in the water and positively identified. Due to the condition and amount of wreckage found, the US Navy indicated there was no chance for survival.

Further, it indicated that John Tapp's remains could not be recovered.

At the time the formal search operation was terminated, John Tapp was reported as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.

The hard reality is due this type of aircraft mishap, there is virtually no chance that John Tapp's remains can ever be recovered and returned to his family, friends and country.



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In Memory Of
Lost At Sea

Gravesite Details The only two are one in his home state which is shared with a relative who was lost on the USS Arizonia Dec. 7th 1941 and he is listed on the tablets of missing in Hawaii.

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  • Maintained by: Eddieb
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2599286
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR John Bethel Tapp (6 Sep 1933–23 Mar 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2599286, citing Shady Grove Cemetery, Poole, Webster County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .