USS Hornet Museum Holds Memorial Event for Missing Vietnam War Aircrew

USS Hornet Museum Restored aircraft is a tribute to MIA plane and her crew.

USS Hornet Museum Holds Memorial Event for Missing Vietnam War Aircrew

The USS Hornet Museum will honor a ship’s aircrew that went missing off the coast of Vietnam on Jan. 22, 1966, with a memorial event.

This event will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, 56 years to the day they went missing. The museum volunteer AirGroup has restored a Grumman S-2 Tracker as a memorial to the four-man crew of Anti-Submarine Squadron Thirty-Five (VS-35).

During the Vietnam War, the USS Hornet was conducting anti-submarine warfare operations in Southeast Asia. They were also assisting in search-and-rescue operations for downed pilots. On Jan. 22, 1966, William S. Forman, Erwin B. Templin Jr, Edmund H. Frenyea and Robert R. Sennett took off from the flight deck of the USS Hornet in an S-2 Tracker (BuNo.149252) and never returned.

The restored aircraft (BuNo.136691) was delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1959 and flew until 1982. In 1986 it was sold to a private collector and flown at air shows for many years. In the year 2000, the aircraft was donated to the Hornet Museum. AirGroup volunteers have been restoring this aircraft with the identical markings of the plane that went missing in 1966. With family members of the missing Aircrew in attendance, the aircraft will be unveiled to the public in a special presentation with a flag and wreath ceremony by the ship’s Chaplain.

Rick Thom, COO Aircraft and Ship Operation for the USS Hornet Museum, will be hosting the event.

“We have all experienced the loss of a loved one,” he said. “But few have felt the emptiness of a loved one not returning home. Our hope here today, in some small way, is to ensure that these four Hero’s names will Never Be Forgotten.”

A promotional video of the event can be seen at https://youtu.be/NQLAzgX6fUo.

The event begins at 1 p.m.

The USS Hornet Museum is located at 707 West Hornet Ave.

For more information, contact Russell Moore at 510-599-4272 or at Russell.moore@uss-hornet.org.

The USS Hornet Museum offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science and space technology. For more information, visit https://uss-hornet.org.