We want to point out a few of the people who have been instrumental in
getting these Naval Airmen the recognition they so truly deserve 

Stephanie Loper
Stephanie is the main reason this has all come to pass. She is a niece of Richard Hunt. She had not yet been born when her Uncle died, but had heard stories told by her family about Richard. She had always wondered why, if her Uncle died in the South China Seas, on a combat mission in support of the Vietnam War, then why was his name not on The Wall? Her aunt had asked the same question of Congress in 1984. At that time her aunt had been told that, according to records, Richard had died while outside a combat zone and while on an operational flight.
Stephanie was not deterred by that decision. Toward the end of 2010 she started doing her own digging to find an answer. Using, as a start, the Freedom Of Information Act, not only did she find the answer, but she moved the Department Of The Navy, the Department Of Defense, and Congress to see the error of their ways. She did no less than "buck the system" and won.
Her efforts got these men's names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
AMHC (AW) John Herndon (Ret.) You may have noticed that John's name has been prominent on this site.
John was attached to VQ-2, Rota, Spain 1980 - 1991, and again 1996 - 1999, performing many assignments, including many A-3 shore and boat dets.
Among other things, John is the official, unofficial historian of the Navy's VQ Squadrons. John's websites, some of which are linked on the home page, chronicle not only this flight, but the flights of so many others in the VQ squadrons. Many of these have resulted in lives lost in the service of our country. In fact, if not for John's websites, Stephanie may never have found the information that has led us here.

"While attached to VQ-2 in the 80's I had recalled that CDR Don East, the CO, had mentioned at a safety standown the bailout and the aircraft recovery and he even showed a picture on the projector. This stuck in my head. Then in 1998, while again attached to VQ-2, I went over by the base chapel where they have some big rocks with plaques honoring all lost on the base at Navsta, Rota. There were, however, no VQ-2ers on there. I went back to the squadron and asked the CMC and CO and PAO why VQ-2er names weren't on there? As far as they were aware they knew of no losses! Being that I knew of several losses I set out to find out about the accidents and reports and with the help of the PAO LT Dudley, to my surprise found there were numerous. I received the accident reports and wrote numerous people for eyewitness accounts and received info and pictures from them. This I'm proud to say led CDR May and Grindle making the VQ-2 Painted Hall of Valor at the squadron to honor our lost and I made the web page.
 
Then Captain Henry and Stephanie took this further to get the crews names on the Vietnam wall.
 
Maybe the Airman can be at rest now."

John Herndon
Capt. Henry (Hank) Schultz (Ret.) During her research Stephanie was aided greatly by information that Capt. Schultz was able to provide. He has proven to be, and still proves to be, an invaluable source of information, support and help. Among the many contributions he has made is that he asked for, and received a copy of (then Lt.) Pemberton's logbook for that flight. He was able to see that it was indeed recorded as a "V" flight, which in those days classified that as a combat reconnaissance flight.
Hank is also the official liaison to the VQ squadrons in getting word to the Shipmates and Friends of this event. Most did not know that their names were not on The Wall, but knew they should have been. Hank has been of invaluable assistance in putting together our itinerary for the Memorial Day weekend unveiling.
LCDR Colin (Pem) Pemberton (Ret.) Pem is one of the surviving members of that fateful flight. He was the flight's navigator and, for all these years, has kept the original logbook of the flight. This, and the fact that his logbook was recorded as a "4V2" flight, in those days meaning a night, combat reconnaisance flight, using radar and ECM, was key in the Navy's decision to review the original misclassification of the flight as "operational."
LTJG Elizabeth (Liza) Swart Liza is the Navy's Public Affairs Officer, VQ-2, who was able to research the log classifications from the 60's. Once Capt. Schultz found the "4V2" classification in Pem's logbook it was necessary to verify the meaning in those days. She found records indicating that the "V" in the old "4V2" classification meant that theirs was a "combat" recon flight.
Liza also published the Navy's Northwest Navigator article which so succinctly stated the point that these four Shipmates should have their names added to The Wall as our Vietnam fallen.
Lou Damas And a thanks to Mr. Lou Demas for hosting the VQ-2 Accident and Crashes web page which assisted Stephanie in her initial research of the events.  Lou was a Seebee stationed in Port Lyuatey, Morocco during the 60's and volunteered to host the ECM-2 VQ-2 web page for free on his site. If it wasn't for him the data would not be available for all to see.
Rudolph (Rudy) Gonzales Rudy is with the Navy Casualty Assistance Division, (OPNAV N135C), POW / MIA Branch. His is a thankless, heart wrenching but necessay job, part of which, whenever there is a mass casualty like the we recently experienced with the loss of 20 Navy SEALS, is to augment Navy Casualty in providing assistance to the families of those lost in action.
On this occassion, however, he was able to assist and provide directions to all, in something a bit more joyous, as to what was needed to rectify a long ago and almost forgotten error of past times.