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

680725   VMO-2     Vietnam

Incident Date 680725 VMO-2 OV-10A 155412+ / VS-24 Hostile Fire, Crash

Hendrickson, Michael Franc 1stLt AO VMO-2 MAG-16 680725 (vvm 50W:006)
Tripp, Alfred Leonard Capt Pilot VMO-2 MAG-16 680725 (vvm 50W:010)

HENDRICKSON MICHAEL FRANC : 0100317 : USMCR : 1stLT : O2 : 0302 : 25 : GREAT FALLS : MT : 19680725 : hostile, crash, land : Crew Air Observer (Infantry) : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :02 : 19430529 : Cauc : Roman Catholic/single : 50W : 006

TRIPP ALFRED LEONARD : 084130 : USMC : CAPT : O3 : 7576 (OV-10) : 27 : WARWICK : RI : 19680725 : hostile, crash, land : Pilot : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :08 : 19410326 : Cauc : Protestant/married : 50W : 010 : BARRANCAS NATIONAL CEMETERY SECTION 29 SITE 451

From VMO-2 Squadron Command Chronology:

251300H VS-24 was shot down by suspected enemy fire at BT 008518. Pilot Alfred Leonard Tripp, Capt, 084130, USMCR injury unknown. Aerial Observer Michael F. Hendrickson 1/Lt, 100317/0302/0805, USMCR injury unknown. Location of A/C 180/18 CH 77 Damage to aircraft: Alpha.

MAG-16 Command Chronology - July 1968:
HOSTILE 25 July 1968. 12 miles south of Danang, Quang Nam, RVN. Pilot of OV-10 on recon mission when aircraft hit by ground fire and crashed. Pilot killed in crash.

Personal Narrative:
I flew as an AO with Captain Tripp on July 23rd, just two days before he was killed. I remember him as a good pilot who treated his backseater as his equal and with respect. The good pilots did that.
Submitted by U. S. Grant, Flew with Captain Tripp

Family Commentary:
I'm looking for men who served with my dad. I never knew him.
Submitted by Deborah Tripp, daughter

Persoanl Request:
I would like to contact Deborah Tripp about her Dad. She can contact me through my email address.
Submitted by Ronald E Roman, Capt. Tripp was like a big brother to me in RVN