Consolvo, John Wadsworth, Jr., Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
7522-Pilot VMFA F-4S Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1970-1972, 7522, VMFA-212
Service Years
1966 - 1972

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1944
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by MGySgt Dennis Robbins (Robbie) to remember Marine Capt John Wadsworth Consolvo, Jr. (Jack).

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Fort Belvoir

Casualty Date
May 07, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 014/Plot: Sec MI Site 72

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
VMA-542VMFA-212
  1969-1970, 7522, VMA-542
  1970-1972, 7522, VMFA-212
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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United States Naval Academy
  1962-1966, United States Naval Academy2
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Last Known Activity
F-4J 155576 HIT OVER NVN, DOWN 8 KM NORTH OF CA LU AFLD
UTM grid reference is YD010555

On 7 May 1972, Captain Consolvo departed DaNang, Vietnam, piloting an F4-J on a bombing mission to strike SAM missiles on transporters. As he pulled off target his aircraft was hit and the left engine was on fire. He maneuvered his aircraft toward an area that provided a greater chance of escape and evasion. His FAG observed that while the aircraft was uncontrollable the mechanics of ejection could still be performed. Captain Consolvo ordered his RIO to get out. The FAG and Wingman did not see the RIO eject but did see his chute on impact. The RIO was picked up twenty four hours later. The combination of interrupted observation of Captain Consolvo?s aircraft and the distance the aircraft traveled after the RIO ejected makes the unobserved ejection of Captain Consolvo highly probable. Due to ejecting over hostile territory, Captain Consolvo would be limited in his ability to contact friendly forces if his survival radio was lost or inoperative.

John Wadsworth Consolvo, Jr. was born on January 8, 1944 and joined the Marine Corps while in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He served as a Naval Aviator in the United States Marine Corps, VMFA 212, MAG 15, 1 MAW, and attained the rank of Captain. He began his second tour of duty on May 7, 1972. He was given a high probability of surviving, as he ordered his RIO (later picked up) to eject while he stayed in a little longer to steer away from friendly village. In Oct. of 1974 there was a presumptive finding of death as a result of the need for closure by his wife. However, there has never been any information to support this finding, and in fact, the crash site was never investigated. Any information about sightings or other related matter would be greatly appreciated. Please help us bring these men home! AWARDS Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat ''V'', Air Medal (First thru nineteen Strike/Flight Awards, Air Medal (Bronze Star for first award)., Air Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award) a Navy Commendation Medal. Purple Heart,, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Capt Consolvo went down on 5/7/1972 and was considered MIA.  On 10/22/1974, DoD issued a presumptive finding of death.


 
   
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