8/24/65 Fallen Brothers RVN
IP: 67.253.26.190

8/24/65 BUL3 Gary W. Grimes, Los Angeles, CA Danang NMCB 9
8/24/65 BUL3 Robert M. Lathrope, Willets, CA Danang NMCB 9
8/24/65 CMH3 Thomas A. Sagen, Two Rivers, WI Danang NMCB 9
8/24/65 BUR3 John H. Van Wyk, Port Hueneme, CA Danang NMCB 9

Information on the crash these 4 perished in:

There plane crashed into Kowloon Bay after taking off from Kai Tak Airport. Listed as pilot error. Commander's decision to proceed with the takeoff with only three engines. Failure to feather the non-functioning engine or trim the plane for a 3 engine takeoff. Decision not to abort after directional control was lost.

The KC-130F BuNo 149802, c/n 3693, of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), Marine Aircraft Group 15 (MAG-15) flying out of Hong Kong, China. There were 59 U.S. military personnel killed of 79 passengers and crew.

"The Hercules was flying U.S. Marines back to Vietnam after a rest and relaxation leave in Hong Kong. The airplane was bound for Saigon and Da Nang Air Base. Shortly after lifting off the runway, the airplane veered left, struck a sea wall and crashed into the water about 40 feet off an industrial suburb on Hong Kong Island."

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19650824-0

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/us-marines-die-in-hong-kong-air-crash

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8/24/65 BUL3 Gary W. Grimes, Los Angeles, CA Danang NMCB 9

Gary Wingate Grimes
Builder 3rd Class

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Los Angeles, CA
Date of birth: 08/06/1942
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Builder 3rd Class
ID No: 553600258
MOS: BUL: Builder (Light)
Length Service: **
Unit: NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, MACV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 08/24/1965
Casualty Date: 08/24/1965
Age at Loss: 23
Location: , Hong Kong
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

www.VirtualWall.org/dg/GrimesGW01a.htm
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http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=20126

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Gary-Grimes24Aug65MCB-9/21490015_3RjZt9#!i=1713022091&k=n8FctDd

Location of Interment
Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California
Plot: El Portal, Lot 409
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Grimes&GSiman=1&GScid=8074&GRid=99032238&

His plane crashed into Kowloon Bay after taking off from Kai Tak Airport. Listed as pilot error. Commander's decision to proceed with the takeoff with only three engines. Failure to feather the non-functioning engine or trim the plane for a 3 engine takeoff. Decision not to abort after directional control was lost.

The KC-130F BuNo 149802, c/n 3693, of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), Marine Aircraft Group 15 (MAG-15) flying out of Hong Kong, China. There were 59 U.S. military personnel killed of 79 passengers and crew.

"The Hercules was flying U.S. Marines back to Vietnam after a rest and relaxation leave in Hong Kong. The airplane was bound for Saigon and Da Nang Air Base. Shortly after lifting off the runway, the airplane veered left, struck a sea wall and crashed into the water about 40 feet off an industrial suburb on Hong Kong Island."

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8/24/65 BUL3 Robert M. Lathrope, Willits, CA Danang NMCB 9

Robert Michael Lathrope
Builder 3rd Class

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Mendocino, CA
Date of birth: 10/23/1943
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Builder 3rd Class
Note: Posthumous Promotion as indicated
ID No: 567528849
MOS: BUL: Builder (Light)
Length Service: 03
Unit: NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, MACV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 08/24/1965
Casualty Date: 08/24/1965
Age at Loss: 21
Location: , Hong Kong
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

www.VirtualWall.org/dl/LathropeRM01a.htm
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http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=29792

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Robert-Lathrope24Aug65MCB-9/21499616_PtTnKX#!i=1713884470&k=GqBXHBH

Robert is buried at Willits Cememetery, 1200 Ft. Bragg Rd., Mondocino Co, CA.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Lathrope&GSiman=1&GScid=8448&GRid=86374249&

PO3 Lathrope served with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-9, 3rd Naval Construction Brigade, MACV. He had served 3 years at the time of his loss, and was promoted posthumously.

His plane crashed into Kowloon Bay after taking off from Kai Tak Airport. Listed as pilot error. Commander's decision to proceed with the takeoff with only three engines. Failure to feather the non-functioning engine or trim the plane for a 3 engine takeoff. Decision not to abort after directional control was lost.

The KC-130F BuNo 149802, c/n 3693, of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), Marine Aircraft Group 15 (MAG-15) flying out of Hong Kong, China. There were 59 U.S. military personnel killed of 79 passengers and crew.

"The Hercules was flying U.S. Marines back to Vietnam after a rest and relaxation leave in Hong Kong. The airplane was bound for Saigon and Da Nang Air Base. Shortly after lifting off the runway, the airplane veered left, struck a sea wall and crashed into the water about 40 feet off an industrial suburb on Hong Kong Island."

He had been married in February 1965 in Nevada, and he left a young wife, Mary.

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8/24/65 CMH3 Thomas A. Sagen, Two Rivers, WI Danang NMCB 9

Thomas Alvin Sagen
Gunner 3rd Class

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Two Rivers, WI
Date of birth: 08/21/1943
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Gunner 3rd Class
ID No: 395425856
MOS: GMH
Length Service: 03
Unit: A CO, NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, MACV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 08/24/1965
Casualty Date: 08/24/1965
Age at Loss: 22
Location: , Hong Kong
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

www.VirtualWall.org/ds/SagenTA01a.htm
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http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=45177

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Thomas-Sagen24Aug65MCB-9/21500064_dDPfCq#!i=2716790592&k=4S8BWc8

Tom is buried at Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, Dane County, WI.
Plot: Section O, Lot 163, Grave 6
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=sagen&GSiman=1&GScid=88856&GRid=132650519&

His plane crashed into Kowloon Bay after taking off from Kai Tak Airport. Listed as pilot error. Commander's decision to proceed with the takeoff with only three engines. Failure to feather the non-functioning engine or trim the plane for a 3 engine takeoff. Decision not to abort after directional control was lost.

The KC-130F BuNo 149802, c/n 3693, of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), Marine Aircraft Group 15 (MAG-15) flying out of Hong Kong, China. There were 59 U.S. military personnel killed of 79 passengers and crew.

"The Hercules was flying U.S. Marines back to Vietnam after a rest and relaxation leave in Hong Kong. The airplane was bound for Saigon and Da Nang Air Base. Shortly after lifting off the runway, the airplane veered left, struck a sea wall and crashed into the water about 40 feet off an industrial suburb on Hong Kong Island."

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8/24/65 BUR3 John H. VanWyk , Port Hueneme, CA Danang NMCB 9

John Henry Van Wyk
Builder 3rd Class

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Port Hueneme, CA
Date of birth: 07/08/1941
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Builder 3rd Class
ID No: 5917524
MOS: BUR: Builder (Concrete)
Length Service: 02
Unit: NMCB-9, 3RD NC BDE, MACV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 08/24/1965
Casualty Date: 08/24/1965
Age at Loss: 24
Location: , Hong Kong
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

www.VirtualWall.org/dv/VanwykJH01a.htm
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http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=53356

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/John-Van-Wyk24Aug65NMCB-9/18712431_qxqX6v#!i=1447615748&k=XqnxfNn

John is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Leighton, Mahaska County, IA.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=van+wyk&GSiman=1&GScid=94716&GRid=129895580&

His plane crashed into Kowloon Bay after taking off from Kai Tak Airport. Listed as pilot error. Commander's decision to proceed with the takeoff with only three engines. Failure to feather the non-functioning engine or trim the plane for a 3 engine takeoff. Decision not to abort after directional control was lost.

The KC-130F BuNo 149802, c/n 3693, of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), Marine Aircraft Group 15 (MAG-15) flying out of Hong Kong, China. There were 59 U.S. military personnel killed of 79 passengers and crew.

"The Hercules was flying U.S. Marines back to Vietnam after a rest and relaxation leave in Hong Kong. The airplane was bound for Saigon and Da Nang Air Base. Shortly after lifting off the runway, the airplane veered left, struck a sea wall and crashed into the water about 40 feet off an industrial suburb on Hong Kong Island."


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