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National Naval Aviation Museum
Gone but not forgotten. Michelle Rouch’s artwork titled, “Together We Serve,” honors our American heroes, Lt. Mike “Mondo” McCormick, USN and Lt JG Robert Alan “Arlo” Clark, USN, who became the last flight crew to give their lives during the Vietnam War on January 10, 1973. The artwork depicts “Mondo” and “Arlo” during their glory days posing next to Arab 511.
Michelle Rouch presents “Together We Serve” officially to the National Naval Aviation Museum for permanent display.
On a cloudy day 17 days before the Paris Peace Accords that ended Vietnam War, pilot Lt. McCormick and his Weapons Officer, Lt. JG Clark did not know they would be making history. Dedicated to the mission they launched off of the VA-115/USS Midway on their A-6A Intruder, dubbed “Arab 511,” to support the B-52 Stratofortress Air Strike to target 3 areas in North Vietnam. The crew never arrived. The last known location was over Nghe An Province. After numerous radio calls and retracing their route, no crash or wreckage was found; both men were placed on the Missing in Action (MIA).
Between 1993 and 2002 US Researchers jointly with Vietnam teams conducted field investigations and excavations. In 2003 Lt. JG Clark’s remains were found and identified through DNA analysis. He was buried on January 9, 2004 in the Arlington National Cemetery. Lt McCormick remains’ are still missing.
A father that he never met would follow in his footsteps to serve his country. USAF Lt. Col Tad “TC” Clark, F-16 Fighter pilot, currently commands the 451st Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. On January 10, 2013, 40 years to the day of when the crew was lost, Clark flew a commemorative combat mission in his F-16. He remarked, “One of the more special flights I had this year.”