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 Michael John Estocin

Michael John Estocin

Birth
Turtle Creek, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Apr 1967 (aged 35)
Hai Phong, Hai Phong Municipality, Vietnam
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot Section Ma, Site 112 (in Memory Marker)
Memorial ID 9708 · View Source
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Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Navy during the War in Viet Nam as a Captain (then a Lieutenant Commander) in Attack Squadron 192, based on the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Haiphong, North Vietnam, on April 20 and 26, 1967. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 20 and 26 April 1967 as a pilot in Attack Squadron 192, embarked in USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). Leading a 3-plane group of aircraft in support of a coordinated strike against two thermal power plants in Haiphong, North Vietnam, on 20 April 1967, Capt. Estocin provided continuous warnings to the strike group leaders of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats, and personally neutralized 3 SAM sites. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by an exploding missile, he reentered the target area and relentlessly prosecuted a SHRIKE attack in the face of intense antiaircraft fire. With less than 5 minutes of fuel remaining he departed the target area and commenced in-flight refueling which continued for over 100 miles. Three miles aft of Ticonderoga, and without enough fuel for a second approach, he disengaged from the tanker and executed a precise approach to a fiery arrested landing. On 26 April 1967, in support of a coordinated strike against the vital fuel facilities in Haiphong, he led an attack on a threatening SAM site, during which his aircraft was seriously damaged by an exploding SAM; nevertheless, he regained control of his burning aircraft and courageously launched his SHRIKE missiles before departing the area. By his inspiring courage and unswerving devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Captain Estocin upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service". His aircraft had crashed after his brave act, and searches, both in the night and day, failed to locate either Captain Estocin or his aircraft. The Navy listed him as Missing in Action until evidence surfaced that he might has survived and was being held as a prisoner of war, however, the end of the conflict failed to produce concrete evidence if he had survived the crash. His final status today is unknown. The only United States Navy jet pilot to be awarded the Medal of Honor for combat during the Viet Nam War, his name can be found on the Viet Nam Memorial on Panel 18E, Row 092. His Medal was presented to his family, ostensibly posthumously, at The Pentagon by Secretary of the Navy W. Graham Clayton, Jr. on February 27, 1978.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael John Estocin (27 Apr 1931–26 Apr 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9708, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .