On Monday, April 15, 1969, a Navy EC-121M reconnaissance aircraft (PR-21/BuNo 135749) of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) with a crew of 31, including nine Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU) and Marine linguists was shot down by two North Korea MIGs fighter aircraft over the Sea of Japan.  LTJG Sykora was a crew member in this aircraft.
Burial location:
Baldwin Memorial Cemetery
City of Robertsdale
Baldwin County

Note: Baldwin Memorial Cemetery is approximately 25 miles from Pensacola.