KIA INCIDENT: 19670328 VMO-2 Vietnam

Brothers (& Sisters) Killed in Action in USMC Helicopters or while assigned to USMC Helicopter or Tiltrotor Squadrons

19670328 VMO-2 Vietnam

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Incident Date 19670328 VMO-2 UH-1E 152419+ - Hostile Fire, Crash

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Stevenson, George Mark PFC Crew Chief VMO-2 MAG-16 1967-03-28 (vvm 17E:065)
Owens, Jack Coleman Maj (PP) Pilot VMO-2 MAG-16 1967-03-28 (vvm 17E:063)
Baker, Curtis Richard LT (USNR) Crew VMO-2 MAG-16 1967-03-28 (vvm 17E:060)
Albano, Paul Edward Cpl Gunner VMO-2 MAG-16 1967-03-28 (vvm 17E:059)

STEVENSON GEORGE MARK : 2183953 : USMC : PFC : E2 : 6351 : 21 : LITTLE ROCK : AR : 19670328 : hostile, crash, land : Crew Chief : body recovered : Quang Tri :01 : 19460314 : Cauc : Protestant/single : 17E : 065 : Palmyra Cemetery, Star City, Arkansas
OWENS JACK COLEMAN : 076110 : USMC : MAJ : posthumous promotion : O3 : 7335 : 33 : SAN JOSE : CA : 19670328 : hostile, crash, land : Pilot : body recovered : Quang Tri : 14 : 19340228 : Cauc : Protestant/married : 17E : 063 : Barrancas National Cemetery, Sect 32, Site 44
BAKER CURTIS RICHARD : 650795 : USNR : LT (USNR) : O3 : 2100 (Flt Surgeon) : 28 : EL DORADO : AR : 19670328 : hostile, crash, land : Crew - Observer (Squadron Flight Surgeon): body recovered : Quang Tri : 06 : 19381009 : Cauc : Roman Catholic/married : 17E : 060 : Arlington National Cemetery, Sec 8 Site 5323-C
ALBANO PAUL EDWARD : 2061712 : USMC : CPL : E4 : 6611 : 22 : HANNACROIX : NY : 19670328 : hostile fire, crash, land : Gunner : body recovered : Quang Tri : 03 : 19441225 : Cauc : RomanCatholic/single : 17E : 059 : St. Patricks Cemetery, Coeymans, NY

From VMO-2 Squadron Command Chronology 28 March 1967

UH-1E on recon flight of Dong Ha TAOR was stuck by an undetermined number of .50 cal and small arms fire in cockpit and cabin area, incapacitating pilot and flight surgeon [observer], causing aircraft to enter uncontrolled flight and inverted nose-down attitude. Aircraft exploded on impact at YD 195625, and fire resulted. Fire caused 2.75 rockets and 7.62 mm machine gun ammunition to explode, preventing crew of chase aircraft from assisting crew. As a result, the pilot, flight surgeon, crew chief and gunner were killed.

Submitted by: N/A, 20030804

Comment on Incident

Shot down by 50-cal during perimeter sweep of Dong Ha - flying at 50 feet altitude in evening, a/c exploded on impact, inverted

Submitted by: N Shinnick, flying chase as copilot with MAG-16 CO, 20030804

Maj Jack Coleman Owens, VMO-2

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Official Navy Photo

Commissioning picture of Lt. Curtis R. Baker, USN

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PFC George Mark Stevenson, VMO-2

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Family Narrative

He was one handsome devil.
We miss you Paul

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Submitted by: Joseph Albano, My Brother, 20090116

PFC George Mark Stevenson, VMO-2

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PFC George Mark Stevenson, VMO-2

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Family Information

We served in Vietnam at the same time in 1966/67. Paul is one of your brave heros that was kia 3 days before his deros. He has been sorley missed by his family. Semper Fi

"I was on the USS Turner Joy off the coast south of Danang doing gunfire support missions and talked to him 2 days before he was killed. I requested duty in country and got assigned to a Swift boat div. His DEROS was April 2nd and I tried to get home before my family was notified but I didnt make it."

Submitted by: Joseph Albano USN Ret., LCPL Paul Albano is my brother, 20071125

Personal Tribute

All these years later he is still missed and loved

Submitted by: Joe Albano, Brother of LCPL Paul Albano, 20080326

Personal Tribute

Tribute placed at the University of Notre Dame by classmate Daniel Rapp honoring those graduates of the Class of 1959 lost. Names include Capt J. J. Carroll, USMC and Lt. Curtis Baker, USN, both lost in hostile action in Vietnam serving the USMC.

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