1/4/67 CN Norman B. Wensel, Torrance, CA – Danang NMCB 6
Norman Byron Wensel
Home of Record: Torrance, CA
Date of birth: 02/09/1942
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E3
ID No: 7798512
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 02
Unit: NMCB-6, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 01/04/1967
Casualty Date: 01/04/1967
Age at Loss: 24
Location: Danang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of other causes
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Accidental homicide
ON THE WALL Panel 13E Line 115
Norman is buried at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, CA.
Plot: Cypress Mausoleum, 36, A
1/4/68 EO1 Henry C. Cousineau, Swansea, MA - Tam Ky NMCB 6
Henry Conrad Cousineau
Equipment Operator 1st ClassPERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Swansea, Massachusetts
Date of birth: Wednesday, 11/03/1920
Service: Navy (Reserve)
Grade at loss: E6
Rank: Equipment Operator 1st Class
ID No: 80251271
MOS: EO Equipment Operator
LenSvc: Between 20 and 21 years
Unit: A CO, NMCB-6, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
Start Tour: Thursday, 06/15/1967
Cas Date: Thursday, 01/04/1968
Age at Loss: 47
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Quang Nam, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died outright
Reason: Air loss or crash over land - Helicopter - Noncrew
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Henry is buried at St Patricks Cemetery, County Street, Somerset, Bristol County, Mass.
Henery Cousineau Came to C Battery 2 BN 20th Artillery (ARA) and
asked to fly door gunner on one of our aircraft. You went up with Sp5 John
O'Brien and took a 51 Cal in the chest. John and those that were there that
day will never forget. A bridge in name is in your home town. Rest in peace!
Posted by: 2/20th Unit Writer
A Note from The Virtual Wall
The Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 6 History for Vietnam contains the
"Earlier in the same month [Jan 1968], SIX suffered its only combat fatality
of two Vietnam deployments when EO1 Henry C. Cousineau was killed by enemy
fire while riding in a helicopter."
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association has it just a bit differently.
They list Petty Officer Cousineau as follows:
"EO1 COUSINEAU HENRY CONRAD G KIA UH-1C C/2/20 ARA 1 CAV"
which translates to say that Petty Officer Cousineau was flying as a door
gunner in a UH-1C Huey gunship belonging to C Btry, 2nd Bn (Aerial Rocket),
The 2/20 Artillery was a helicopter unit whose business was armed support
for ground troops. While The Virtual Wall cannot say that Petty Officer
Cousineau earned Army Aircrew wings it does seem likely that he earned an
award that's unusual for a SeaBee - the Air Medal.
The casualty record implies Petty Officer Cousineau was killed in a
helicopter crash, but available information indicates otherwise - he
apparently was hit by ground fire, but the Huey was not shot down.