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Please click on "Contact Us" above and let us know who you are and how to contact you when we learn more about this Serviceman. If you have revisions or additions to anything you see here, please let us know that, too. Many "Sightings" (click above) of missing men referred to physical descriptions, numbers of men, possibly a unit name, a location, and an approximate date. What made a man memorable to others may have been his accent, home town or state, nickname, tattoo, red hair, etc.  The more we know, the more likely we are to recognize him in documents we find.

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SERV_NO: O-521458
LNAME: GARDNER
FNAME: CHANNING
MNAME:  
SFX:  
RANK_Posthumous: LTJG
LOSS_DATE: 5/29/1952
Status per Govt: MIA
Should be Status:  
CIRCUMST OF LOSS: Crashed into sea on take-off, SAR effort negative
EVIDENCE_ALIVE:  
EVIDENCE_DEAD:  
COMMENT1:  
COMMENT2:  
HOME_CITY: DULUTH
STATE: MN
BIRTH_DATE: 8/25/1926
NICKNAME:  
RACE:  
HEIGHT:  
WEIGHT:  
HAIR:  
EYES:  
ID_MARKS:  
CASE: A786
KWALD_COMMENT:  
CREW_STATUS: Lt jg Channing Gardner, USN, MIA/BNR
SERVICE: USN
DIV_or_GRP: USS VALLEY FORGE
RGT_or_WNG: VF-653
BN_or_SQ:  
CO_or_BTRY:  
VEHICLE: F4U-4
VEH_ID: 81376
DEATH_DATE:  
REMAINS:  
DOCUMENTS:  
MIA_CAP:  
LIST_944:  
LIST_450:  
LIST_308:  
LIST_125:  
LIST_71:  
Nielsen_Henderson:  
Johnnie_Johnson:  
Air-Intel:  
AFM_200-25:  
National Guardian:  
Moo_Hak_School:  
Sunchon_Tunnel_M:  
CAUSE_of_Death:  
List_389:  
Peiking_Radio:  
LastKnownAlive_DT:  
WITH: VF-653
INCident_AREA:  
CAMP:  
KT_interrogations:  
RAND:  
UTM_Coord:  
KWALD: 2324
GRAVE:  
Birth_YR: 1926
Op_Glory:  
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