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690307   HMM-262     Vietnam

Incident Date 690307 HMM-262 CH-46D - BuNo 154041 / ET-2 - Aircraft hit by enemy mortar fire while unloading at FSB Cunningham

Arroyo, Ramon Jaime PFC Grnd Casualty HMM-262 H/2/3rdMarines/3rdMARDIV 690307
Greenwood, Dale Edward PFC Grnd Casualty HMM-262 H/2/3rdMarines/3rdMARDIV 690307
McDonald, Lewis Levi PFC Grnd Casualty HMM-262 H/2/3rdMarines/3rdMARDIV 690307

3rd MarDiv Casualty Report:
Three Marines were killed while unloading a CH-46 helicopter at FSB CUNNINGHAM, located near the Laotian border, 24 miles S-SW of Quang Tri City. Coordinates YD 185134. The CH-46D took a direct hit from hostile mortar fire while in the LZ, mortally wounding the "H" Company Marines. The helicopter exploded.
Submitted by Sid Nanson, Independent Researcher, UK


HMM-262 Command Chronology Mar 1969:
7 March 1969

First Lieutenant D L MOTTARD was directed to transport TFDS components from YD 216175 to YD 135136. While unloading the internal load an explosion of unknown origin burst the aircraft into flames. The aircraft was destroyed in the fire and Marines in the zone had to aid the crew in escaping the burning aircraft. Four of the crew members received severe burns and were med-evaced.

Submitted by Alan H Barbour, Historian, Research Historian, USMC Comabt Helicopter Assoc


HMM-262 After Action Report - 7Mar69:
Crew Members aboard HMM-262 Mission 93-14:

Pilot: Dale L. MOTTARD
Copilot: Carl S. SHEPHERD
CrewChief: Roger L. SEALEY
Gunner: PLOTT
Gunner: BROOKS

Medevacs were flown to Quang Tri and then to the USS REPOSE.

Submitted by Alan H Barbour, Historian, Research Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Assoc

Personal Request:
I was on FSB Cunningham as a replacement Squad leader and was instructed by an officer to help unload the chopper.

It is important that I now know what the difficulty is with me being awarded the AUC. According to the listed wounded I was not listed! I was interviewed in the Med station as to what occurred and all that I remember is this red ball of fire coming at me. No more recollections until being interviewed at the Med Station. I never stopped for aid on the ship, as soon as I was stable off to CONUS I went.


[Not familiar with an AUC - what does your parent unit have in the records - what was your parent unit. Suggest that you go to the Texas Tech Vietnam Archives and look up the records for your parent unit]

Submitted by Sgt. Thomas D. Pirnie, I was inside chopper