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651027   HMM-364     Vietnam

Incident Date 651027 HMM-364 UH-34D - BuNo 147200 (YK-6) - Hostile Fire - portside gunner during approach

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Dowell, Gary Louis Cpl Gunner HMM-364 MAG-36 651027 (vvm 02:137)


DOWELL GARY LOUIS: 1814016: USMC : CPL : E4 : 7113 : 24 : LOUISVILLE : KY : 19651027 : Hostile, died, sniper round in LZ : Crew : body recovered : Quang Ngai : 06 : 19410906 : Cauc : Protestant/married : 02E : 137 : Cpl Dowell was flying mission with HMM-364, but was permanently assigned to HMM-163


MAG-36 Command Chronology - October 1965:
27 Oct 1965 - Twelve HMM-364 aircraft along with HMM-362 took part in a strike/troop lift in support of the 7th MArines. The strike was flown from coordinates BS510095 to BT530025 and BS550875. Four aircraft were hit by small arms fire in the supposedly secure pickup zone (BS510095). Corporal Gary DOWELL, the gunner in YK-6, was fatally wounded as a result of this fire.

Personal Narrative:
Gary Dowell had previously completed his tour with HMM-163 In Sept.65. After rotating to Okinawa HMM-163 was waiting to return to the U.S. We were ordered back to Vietnam and sent to separate squadrons. I went back to Da Nang with Thurman Campbell (Gary & Thurm joined together, Thurm accompanied his body home) Gary was shot by a sniper on a resupply mission while in the LZ.
Submitted by Hugh D. Sisco,

Cpl Gary Louis Dowell:


Submitted by MGySgt George Curtis, Popasmoke Admin


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