Helicopter CH-46A 152501


Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 152501
Date: 06/30/1967 MIA-POW file reference number: 0746
Incident number: 67063013.KIA
Unit: HMM-265
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at 0100 feet and UNK knots.
The station for this helicopter was Thua Thien in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YC896956
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (14.5MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
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. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: 0746, LNOF, 70409, MISC, JSIDR, TWIX, NSC KIA MGL (Naval Safety Center. Miscellaneous. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P CPT HOUSE JOHN ALEXANDER II BNR
P 1LT PITTMAN TED R
LCP MICHAELSON JAMES A
LCP SMITH GARY L

Passengers and/or other participants:
LCP ALLEN MERLIN RAYE, MC, PAX, BNR
LCP KILLEN JOHN DEWEY III, MC, PAX, BNR
HM3 JUDD MICHAEL BARRY, NA, PAX, BNR
CPL RUNNELS GLYN LINAL JR, MC,PAX, BNR
LCP PERRY DENNIS MITCHELL, MC, PAX, KIA


REFNO Synopsis:
ALLEN, MERLIN RAYE Name: Merlin Raye Allen Rank/Branch: E3/USMC Unit: A Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division Date of Birth: 22 October 1946 Home City of Record: Bayfield WI Date of Loss: 30 June 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 161349N 1074301E (YC896956) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46A Other Personnel In Incident: John House; Michael Judd; John Killen; Glyn Runnels (all still missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: DED/CRSH BRN/SOM RECOV/NT SUBJ SYNOPSIS: Capt. John A. House was the pilot of an CH46A helicopter carrying personnel assigned to Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division near the city of Phu Bai, South Vietnam on June 30, 1967. Among the passengers onboard the aircraft were members of Company A, LCpl. Merlin R. Allen, LCpl. John D. Killen, and Cpl. Glyn L. Runnels. Also onboard was the company's hospital corpsman, Petty Officer Third Class Michael B. Judd. The aircraft was hit by small arms fire, exploded and crashed. Although some of the personnel aboard survived, House, Allen, Judd, and Killen were never found, nor were remains recovered that could be identified as theirs. The four men were listed as killed in action, body not recovered. Nearly 2500 Americans did not return from Southeast Asia at the end of the war. Some, like the pilot and passengers of the CH46, are probably dead and will never come home. Since the end of the war, however, thousands of refugee reports have been received that indicate hundreds of Americans are still alive, held captive. It is a matter of pride in the Marine Corps that one's comrades are never left on the field of battle to fall into the hands of the enemy. One can imagine that these men, had they survived, would willingly go one more mission for the return of those who still await rescue. Although some of the personnel aboard survived, House was never found, nor were remains recovered that could be identified as his. He was listed as killed in action, body not recovered.


War Story:
Recon Team name was NETTLERASH TWO - four of them survived (one died of wounds later).

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