5 December 1956 – A Northrop XSM-62 Snark, 53-8172, N-69D test model, fitted with a new 24-hour stellar inertial guidance system, launches from Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, Florida. It wanders off-course, ignores destruct command, disappears over Brazil. It is found by a farmer in January 1983. The Day They Lost the Snark By J.
Clarence Joseph Hemmel - KIA
Capt. Clarence Joseph was a 1963 graduate of the USAFA. During his time there he participated in Football, Lacrosse, Boxing, Soccer, Pistol and was a Squadron Commander
In October of 1967, Hemmel was serving with the 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force out of Phu Cat AB, Vietnam.
October 21, 1967, he was the pilot of a North American Super Sabre Fighter (F-100D) on a mission near the coastline of South Vietnam east of Tam Ky, where his aircraft was shot down. It was concluded that he was probably hit by ground fire in Quang Tin Province. His aircraft flew over water, and a fireball was reported on water surface by FAC. His remains were not recovered.
At the time of his death Clarence was married with two sons.
Clarence has a military stone in his honor at Resurrection Cemetery, Jefferson City, Mo. Capt. Hemmel is also memorialized at Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial and is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Panel 28e, Line 48.