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Capt Jack Elmer Keller

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Capt Jack Elmer Keller

In Memory of…........ Captain Jack Elmer Keller.
*** Captain Keller was a member of Attack Squadron 85, Carrier Air Wing 11 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). On April 21, 1966, he was the pilot of a Grumman Attack Aircraft Intruder (A-6A) on a mission to strike a coastal target near the mouth of the inland waterway of North Vietnam. As he was approaching the target contact 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 those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 38
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth May 1, 1928
Marital Status: Married - Parents: Father,Elmer C. Keller (1900-1957)Buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Chicago,IL. and Mother, Mary C. Keller (1900-1976)buried with her husband in Mount Olive Cemetery in Chicago, both born in Illinois.

***** "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Jack Keller
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Ward 35, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 11
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: Illinois
Birth Year: 1928
Last Place of Residence: Same Place
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Elmer Keller M 39 Illinois
Wife Mary Keller F 39 Illinois
Son Jack Keller M 11 Illinois

CAPT - O6 - Navy - Regular
His tour began on Apr 21, 1966
Casualty was on Jun 28, 1974
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT

Body was not recovered
Panel 06E - Line 126

Other Personnel In Incident: Ellis E. Austin (missing)

On April 22, 1966, a two-plane flight of A6A aircraft left the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk to strike a coastal target near the mouth of an inland waterway in North Vietnam. The target, an enemy supply area, was
heavily defended by anti-aircraft artillery, automatic weapons and small arms.

During the flight, the wing-man broke away to investigate a barge, and notified Keller, the pilot of the other A6A, that he was having an ordinance malfunction and was proceeding to Hon Mat Island, less than 15 miles away,
so that he could dump the remainder of his bomb load safely. While the wing-man was discharging his bomb load, he heard a missile warning, but had no knowledge that a missile had been fired.

Keller conducted a radio check with both his wing-man and the E2 Command and Control aircraft to confirm that the E2 held them on radar. The wing-man advised Keller that he would hold clear of the target and wait for Keller to finish his bombing run. Keller acknowledged. Keller and his backseater, Ellis Austin, continued on their run.

That was the last anyone heard from Keller and Austin. The wing-man later stated that he saw a bright flash as he was heading away from the beach which he assumed to be a bomb explosion.

Both he and the E2 tried to contact Keller and his backseater, but were unsuccessful. The E2 had lost Keller from radar.

An aerial search was conducted immediately with no visual or radio signals received by any of the search aircraft.

Both men were carried in MIA status until June 1974, when their status was changed to killed under a presumptive finding of death.


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  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: 21 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99326615
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Jack Elmer Keller (1 May 1928–21 Apr 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99326615, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .