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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander 1
Birth:
28 Mar 1933 1
Death:
26 Oct 1966 1
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Full Name:
Clement Joseph Morisette 1
Birth:
28 Mar 1933 1
Male 1
Death:
26 Oct 1966 1
Cause: Other Causes 1
Age at Death: 33 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 26 Oct 1966 1
Casualty Type: Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes 1
Residence:
Hometown: Othello, WA 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander 1
Enlistment Type:
Regular 1
Grade:
O4 1
Service:
Navy 1
Ship:
USS ORISKANY 1
Specialty:
Engineer Equipment Officer (USMC) 1
Squadron:
VA-163 1
Task Force:
TF 77 1
Years Served:
12 1
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Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 113 1
Panel: 11E 1

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The Mighty "O"

Huntington Beach, CA

Lt CDR Morisette was a pilot on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany when a magnesium flare was ignited accidentally and caused other flares to ignate.  The resulting fire killed 44 men mostly pilots.  The USS Oriskany was on Yankee Station off Vietnam on October 26 1966.

A PS;  The USS Oriskany is still serving.  It serving as a underwater fish habit 20 miles off the Florida coast.  In a controlled sinking, approved by EPA, the aircraft carrier is resting in 210 ft of water with the control tower approximately 75 ft below the surface.  The Mighty "O".


Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Clement Joseph Morisette (NSN: 0-588258), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight from 5 July to 22 October 1966, as a pilot leading daily strikes against important targets in Southeast Asia.

General Orders: All Hands (February 1968)
Action Date: July 5 - October 22, 1966
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

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