USMC/COMBAT HELICOPTER & TILTROTOR ASSOCIATION - KIA DATABASE
Brothers (& Sisters) Killed in Action in USMC Helicopters or while assigned to USMC Helicopter or Tiltrotor Squadrons in Vietnam
651017 HMM-161 Vietnam
Incident Date 651017 HMM-161 UH-34D 148790+ Crash, Instrument Meterological Conditions
[CREW] Chemis, Charles Robert GySgt Crew Chief HMM-161 MAG-16 651017 (vvm 02E:124)
[PASSENGERS] Chmura, Michael Louis Cpl Passenger HMM-161 3rdBn/4thMar/3rdMarDiv 651017 (vvm 02E:125)
CHEMIS CHARLES ROBERT : 1125190 : USMC : GYSGT : E7 : 6422 : 33 : RAYLAND : OH : 19651017 : Air Loss Crash Land : Crew : body recovered : Thua Thien (Hue) : 14 : 19320128 : Cauc : Protestant/married : 02E : 124
CHMURA MICHAEL LOUIS : 2040851 : USMC : CPL : E4 : 2531 [Field Radio Operator] : 21 : MERIDEN : CT : 19651017 : Air Loss Crash Land (ZD023015): Passenger : body recovered : Thua Thien (Hue) : 02 : 19431214 : Cauc : RomanCatholic/single : 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.