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The Tailhook Educational Foundation

2017 Scholarships

Ryan Cooke

Ryan Cooke


The Buckley family and the San Diego Tailhook Ready Room

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Ryan Cooke

Norfolk, Virginia

Scholarship Description

LT Patrick Buckley was the pilot of an RF-8G with VFP-63 Detachment 19, flying from USS Hancock (CVA-19), when returning from a combat photo mission into Southeast Asia 16 December 1969, his aircraft was stricken. He crashed in the Gulf of Tonkin. LT Buckley was declared Killed/Body Not Recovered and is honored on Panel 15W, Row 61 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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