Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-1E tail number 151852
Date: 04/05/1967 MIA-POW file reference number: 2021
Incident number: 67040510.KIA
Unit: MARAIRGRU 36
UTM grid coordinates: BS753015
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: 2021, OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory
MD HM1 PARKER THOMAS AQUINAS BNR
P CPT DEAN ALAN JAMES KIA
P CPT SHADBURNE BROOKE MCKAY KIA
C CPL SCRUGGS JOSEPH ALLEN KIA
Passengers and/or other participants:
HM2 KAUFFMAN MICHAEL M II, NA, OG, KIA
Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer Thomas A. Parker was a Navy corpsman assigned to Marine Air Group 36, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division. On April 5, 1967, Petty Officer Parker was assigned to a UH1E "Huey" medical evacuation helicopter supporting Operation DeSoto south east of Nui Dang Hill, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. While in a hover over a landing zone, the Huey on which Parker was riding was hit by enemy fire and exploded. [NOTE: Some Defense Department lists state that Parker's helicopter was lost over water. DOD loss coordinates are in Binh Binh Province, about 25 miles northwest of Phu Cat, and about 15 miles from the nearest point of Quang Ngai Province. No reason for these discrepancies can be determined.] According to witnesses, Petty Officer Parker died of wounds sustained in the explosion of the aircraft. One Navy account states that because of heavy enemy fire, his body could not be recovered. Another Navy account states that an extensive search of the area was made and remains could not be recovered. Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 June 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
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