One of the hallmarks of the E-2/C-2 is the (still) relatively low mishap rate. Mishaps, and in particular, mishaps that result in the loss of some or all of the crew were relatively rare events. In the early 1990′s though we had a spate of losses that spiked the rate. In one relatively short period two aircraft were lost – Closeout 602 (VAW-126) and Bear Ace 603 (VAW-124). Ten aircrew were lost and 8 children left fatherless. One of the things the community did was to come together and establish an educational fund for those children. Over the years, that was transformed into the VAW-VRC Memorial Fund. The Memorial’s purpose is threefold:
- To honor those men and any other member of the VAW/VRC community who dies while in a duty status,
- To let the spouses and children know that we will never forget the sacrifice that these men made, and
- To help provide for the children’s higher education as their parent would have wanted.
To date, well over $100,000 has been raised and a total of $31,200 has been given in merit scholarships to dependents. In addition, the first of the eight children now eligible for Memorial Scholarships has begun his college career with a pledge from the Memorial Board to provide up to 40% of the cost of a public university education. To learn more – follow the permalink in the sidebar or here.
There are many worthy causes competing for your attention and assistance – we on the vast editorial staff here strongly endorse your support and consideration of this most worthy endeavor. Our intention is to continue to spotlight the VAW-VRC Memorial Fund and Project VALOUR-IT as our preferred causes. We thank you as does the VAW and VRC community for your thoughts, prayers and considerations during this difficult time. The memorial service will be held this Thursday, August 23 @ 1300 in the Navy Base Chapel.