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



690729   HML-167     Vietnam

Incident Date 690729 HML-167 UH-1E 152418+ Mechanical failure, Crash at Sea

[CREW]
Harrell, Roger Parry Capt Pilot HML-167 MAG-16 690729 (vvm 20W:070)
Kerns, Fred Michael Cpl Crew Chief HML-167 MAG-16 690729 (vvm 20W:071)
Lewis, Daniel LCpl Gunner HML-167 MAG-16 690729 (vvm 20W:072)


HARRELL ROGER PARRY : 263542237 : USMC : CAPT : O3 : 7563 : 28 : JACKSONVILLE BEACH : FL : 19690729 : Air Loss Crash Land : Pilot : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :08 : 19401224 : Cauc : Protestant/married : 20W : 070 : SILVER STAR 29JUL69

KERNS FRED MICHAEL : 234786021 : USMC : CPL : E3 : 6212 : 20 : ELKINS : WV : 19690729 : Air Loss Crash Land : Crew : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :02 : 19481015 : Cauc : Protestant/single : 20W : 071

LEWIS DANIEL : 439684833 : USMC : LCPL : E3 : 6212 : 21 : HOUMA : LA : 19690729 : Air Loss Crash Land : Crew : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :02 : 19471212 : Cauc : single : 20W : 072


From VMO-2 Squadron Command Chronology:

LCpl D. Lewis 2340344/6212 killed in HML-167 aircraft accident 29 July 1969 when a UH-1E crashed into Da Nang Harbor.

Personal Narrative:
Roger Harrell, Fred Kerns, Daniel Lewis, KIA, 670729, HML-167 UH-1E went down in South China Sea off Da Nang from compressor stall. Co-Pilot survived crash. Bodies were recovered from ocean the following week. I had known both Kerns and Lewis at VMO-5 at Camp Pendleton. Lewis had requested to fly gunner with HML-167; he was a member of VMO-2 at the time. Kerns was very active in support of an orphanage in Da Nang. Copilot and I identified bodies at Charlie Med.
Submitted by Gary Prewitt, Identified bodies after incident.

Personal Recollection:
On the day of July 29, 1969, I was a door gunner in the helicopter directly behind the helicopter that crashed in the South China Sea.
Submitted by Donald W. Lesko, I was there.

Personal Request:
Fred Michael Kerns was my Uncle. He went by Mike to our family. I am desperate to be in contact with some of his military buddies who served with him. PLEASE contact me if you knew my Uncle.
Submitted by Ila Kerns Vasiloff, Fred Michael Kerns was my Uncle


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