Incident Date 19651017 HMM-161 UH-34D 148790+ - Crash, Instrument Meterological Conditions
Chemis, Charles Robert GySgt Crew Chief HMM-161 MAG-16 1965-10-17 (vvm 02E:124)
Chmura, Michael Louis Cpl Passenger HMM-161 3rdBn/4thMar/3rdMarDiv 1965-10-17 (vvm 02E:125)
MAG-16 Command Chronology
MAG-16 Command Chronology - October 1965:
17 Oct - 2 UH34D's of HMM-161 ran into heavy weather while on a routine recon/resupply in the Hue/Phu Bai area. The #2 aircraft, with ten souls aboard, was lost in the storm. Aircraft launched from Hue/Phu Bai on search missions ands located the crash site at coordinates ZD023015. Jungle foliage made a landing impossible. Medical personnel were lowered by hoist and the eight survivors were hoisted into the rescue crafts. A platoon from BLT 3/4 was lifted to coordinates ZD018012 to provide security for the crash site and bring out the bodies of the two Marines killed in the crash.
18 Oct - Low ceilings and visibility continued to hamper operations. The platoon from BLT 3/4 was able to recover the bodies of the two Marines killed in the UH-34D crash on 17 Oct.
GySgt Charles Robert Chemis