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



671017   HMM-265     Vietnam

Incident Date 671017 HMM-265 CH-46A 151959+ / EP-158 Hostile fire during medevac mission

[CREW]
Morse, Howard Edward Cpl Crew Chief HMM-265 MAG-16 671025 (vvm 28E:069)


MORSE HOWARD EDWARD : 2262077 : USMC : CPL : E4 : 6320 : 20 : DETROIT : MI : 19671017 : Hostile, died of wounds : small arms (airborne) : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) : 01 : 19470808 : Cauc : Protestant/single : 28E : 069 [died of wounds 19671025]


HMM-265 After Mission Report - 17 October 1967:
GENERAL:
MSN #64
4.2 Hours
In support of 1stMarDiv
3 sorties

NARRATIVE:
Received hits at 1840H from small arms fire over ZC 178 978 during extract of wounded. Took fire, aborted mission

ROUTE:
(ETD 1735H)MMAF to Coord ZC 178978 to G4 PAD to MMAF (ETA 1900H)

FLIGHT CREW:
EP-158 - YOUNG, LLEWELLYN, MORSE, JONES
EP-174 - ARISS, ROSS, HARRIGAN, MARTIN
EP-152 - SWARENS, THOMPSON, FARRIES, SCHULTZ

/s/ Young

Submitted by Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association

HMM-265 Squadron SitRep 172100H:
171735H; HMM-265 launched 3 CH-46A on MSN #64, a Bald Eagle medevac mission to ZC178978 but aborted due to S/A fire. Bonnie sue A/C EP-158 sustained Charlie damage with one CM [crew member] in serious condition and landed at G-4 pad. A total of 4.2 hours and 3 sorties were flown in support of 1stMARDIV.
Submitted by Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association

HMM-265 Squadron Command Chronology:
Cpl Howard E. Morse, 2262077/6320 USMC, received wounds on 17Oct67 near Quang Nam. Died of wounds on 25Oct67 at NSA [Naval Support Activity] Danang.
Submitted by Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association

Personal Narrative:
Howard and I went through NAS Memphis helicopter school together. After staging battalion in Camp Pendleton went on to HMM-265. He was on an emergency medivac extraction over triple canopy jungle.

As the Crew Chief he was lying on the floor pulling the medivac up through the "hell hole" (cargo hook access) with the hoist. Ground fire from below hit Howard below the chicken plate and entered his abdomen. He died from his wound.

I am proud to say he was my friend and is missed by myself and his squadron mates. We remember them all at our reunions.

Submitted by Richard P. Rodeffer, squadron mate

Personal Request:
I am a cousin of Howard E.Morse. My sister and I have been working on the family history for 20 plus years. The Canadian side is complete and I am now working on the American side of the family. If anyone has additional info on Howard and his service or photos and could share it would be greatly appreciated. Howard and I share the same 4th Great Grandfather, Moses Morse who went to the Detroit area prior to the War of 1812. I would like to gather as much info on him as I can so he can be rightly remembered with the other Morse family who have served.
Submitted by Mark Morse, Family doing research


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