10/8/67&69 Fallen Brothers RVN
IP: 24.59.94.247

10/8/67 CEW3 John H. Gilliland III, Riverside, CA. NAVSUPACT DANANG
10/8/67 CEP3 George A. Guy Kalamazoo, MI. NAVSUPACT DANANG
10/8/67 BULCN Melvin E. Johnson Lombard, WA. NAVSUPACT DANANG
10/8/69 SW2 Larry R. Owens, Lusk, WY - Danang ACB 1

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10/8/67 CEW3 John H. Gilliland III, Riverside, CA.

John Henry Gilliland III
Construction Electrician 3rd Class

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Riverside, CA
Date of birth: 10/06/1942
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Construction Electrician 3rd Class
ID No: B801666
MOS: CEW: Construction Electrician (Wiring)
Length Service: 01
Unit: PUBLIC WORKS, NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 10/08/1967
Casualty Date: 10/08/1967
Age at Loss: 25
Location: Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Identified: 10/16/1967
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

www.VirtualWall.org/dg/GillilandJH01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 27E Line 071

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/18609/JOHN-H-GILLILAND-III/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/John-Gilliland08Oct67NSA/14162709_88HtGH#1045126685_N3ZdW

John is buried at:
Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Place
Arlington, Arlington County, VA. 22211
Plot: Section 46 Site 271-272
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Gilliland+&GSfn=john&GSiman=1&GScid=49269&GRid=16673248&

A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 08 Oct 1967 the weather in the area around Danang was horrific, with low clouds, ground fog, and rain. The poor weather was the direct cause of death for 28 US servicemen as the result of two aircraft accidents, both the result of flying into rock-filled clouds.
The first involved a Navy E-1B early warning aircraft, call sign Sea Bat 700, which was based aboard USS ORISKANY. Sea Bat 700 completed a mission over the Gulf of Tonkin and then diverted ashore to Chu Lai Air Base for a logistics matter. After refueling, the E-1B proceeded north toward Danang, intending to go over water there toward USS ORISKANY. Sea Bat 700 didn't make it; it collided with a mountaintop about ten miles northwest of Danang, killing the five Navy men aboard.
The second accident was even worse. An Air Force C-130B (tail number 61-2649) with five aircrewmen and 18 US servicemen as passengers departed Phu Bai for the short hop to Danang. About 10 minutes into the flight the aircraft hit an 1850 foot peak about 150 feet below the summit. When the wreckage was located two days later it was learned that all aboard had been killed. The toll in this accident was 8 soldiers, 4 sailors, 5 Marines, and six airmen (5 crew, one passenger).

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10/8/67 CEP3 George A. Guy Kalamazoo, MI.

George Andrew Guy

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Kalamazoo, MI
Date of birth: 03/10/1946
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Construction Electrician 3rd Class
ID No: 9156448
MOS: CEP: Construction Electrician (Power)
Length Service: 02
Unit: PUBLIC WORKS, NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: ------
Incident Date: 10/08/1967
Casualty Date: 10/08/1967
Age at Loss: 21
Location: Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Identified: 10/16/1967
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

www.VirtualWall.org/dg/GuyGA02a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 27E Line 072

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/20521/GEORGE-A-GUY-2/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/George-Guy08Oct67NSA-Da-Nang/21516419_n7nr2C#!i=1715261285&k=8MxkGP3

George is buried at:
Portage South Cemetery
10327 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage, Kalamazoo County, MI. 49002
Plot: Indian Fields & Dry Prarie South, Block 2, Lot 104, Grave C
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=guy&GSiman=1&GScid=2168275&GRid=26927451&

Guy, 20, and 16 other military passengers and three crewman died in a mountainside crash on an Air Force C130 between Hue and DaNang. An electrical construction worker based at Phu Bai, he just finished a year's tour of duty in Vietnam and was flying home.

A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 08 Oct 1967 the weather in the area around Danang was horrific, with low clouds, ground fog, and rain. The poor weather was the direct cause of death for 28 US servicemen as the result of two aircraft accidents, both the result of flying into rock-filled clouds.
The first involved a Navy E-1B early warning aircraft, call sign Sea Bat 700, which was based aboard USS ORISKANY. Sea Bat 700 completed a mission over the Gulf of Tonkin and then diverted ashore to Chu Lai Air Base for a logistics matter. After refueling, the E-1B proceeded north toward Danang, intending to go over water there toward USS ORISKANY. Sea Bat 700 didn't make it; it collided with a mountaintop about ten miles northwest of Danang, killing the five Navy men aboard.
The second accident was even worse. An Air Force C-130B (tail number 61-2649) with five aircrewmen and 18 US servicemen as passengers departed Phu Bai for the short hop to Danang. About 10 minutes into the flight the aircraft hit an 1850 foot peak about 150 feet below the summit. When the wreckage was located two days later it was learned that all aboard had been killed. The toll in this accident was 8 soldiers, 4 sailors, 5 Marines, and six airmen (5 crew, one passenger).

Kalamazoo Gazette
Body of missing Portage Seebee found in Vietnam The body of a Portage Seebee, missing since his plane crashed October 8, has been found in Vietnam, Navy sources said today. Petty Officer 3 rd Class George (Andy) Guy, 20, and 16 other military passengers and three crewman died in a mountainside crash on an Air Force C130 between Hue and DaNang. An electrical construction worker based at Phu Bai, he just finished a year's tour of duty in Vietnam and was flying home. Commander Arthur Keller of the Kalamazoo Naval Reserve Station says the body will be flown here in about 10 days. The victim's brother, Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Guy Jr., will escort the body home from San Francisco. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Guy of 9336 Quarterline Drive, he graduated from Portage Central High School in 1964. Prior to enlisting in the Navy in November 1965, Guy worked with an electrical contractor. THE KALAMAZOO COUNTY VIETNAM WALL

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10/8/67 BULCN Melvin E. Johnson, Lombard, WA. NAVSUPACT DANANG

Melvin Edward Johnson

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Everett, Washington
Date of birth: Tuesday, 08/13/1946
MILITARY DATA
Service: Navy (Reserve)
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: Constructionman
ID No: 9204488
MOS: BUL Builder (Light)
LenSvc: Between 1 and 2 years
Unit: PUBLIC WORKS DEPT, NAVSUPACT DANANG, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: Not recorded
Change Status: Sunday, 10/08/1967
Missing to Died while Missing
Age at Loss: 21
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Military Region 3, South Vietnam
Type: Non-hostile, Died While Missing
Reason: Air Loss, Crash - Land - Fixed Wing - Noncrew

http://www.virtualwall.org/dj/JohnsonME01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 27E Line 073

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/26300/MELVIN-E-JOHNSON/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Melvin-Johnson08Oct67NSA-Da/21522640_G6dWj4#!i=1715840518&k=s4r32tz

Melvin is buried at:
Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Place
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia 22211
Plot: Section 46 Site 271 272
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16813185

17 Oct 2003
Melvin E. Johnson was a 21 year old Navy Seabee when he died in an airplane crash in the mountainous area near DaNang, South Vietnam. He was enroute home after serving his year in-country.


Melvin E. Johnson was a 21 year old Navy Seabee when he died in an airplane crash in the mountainous area near DaNang, South Vietnam. He was enroute home after serving his year in-country.
He had moved to Everett, Washington, from Minot (ND) to live with his brother after his 1964 graduation from Minot High School. He joined the Everett Naval reserves, Construction Battalion 13-5, and worked for the H. O. Seiffert Company in Everett.
His military records show his Home of Record as Lombard, Washington, but there is no town or city in Washington named Lombard. When Melvin Johnson entered the service he was living on Lombard Avenue in the City of Everett, Washington.
Melvin Johnson is remembered on Faces From The Wall , a website dedicated to honoring the Washington State men whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 08 Oct 1967 the weather in the area around Danang was horrific, with low clouds, ground fog, and rain. The poor weather was the direct cause of death for 28 US servicemen as the result of two aircraft accidents, both the result of flying into rock-filled clouds.
The first involved a Navy E-1B early warning aircraft, call sign Sea Bat 700, which was based aboard USS ORISKANY. Sea Bat 700 completed a mission over the Gulf of Tonkin and then diverted ashore to Chu Lai Air Base for a logistics matter. After refueling, the E-1B proceeded north toward Danang, intending to go over water there toward USS ORISKANY. Sea Bat 700 didn't make it; it collided with a mountaintop about ten miles northwest of Danang, killing the five Navy men aboard.
The second accident was even worse. An Air Force C-130B (tail number 61-2649) with five aircrewmen and 18 US servicemen as passengers departed Phu Bai for the short hop to Danang. About 10 minutes into the flight the aircraft hit an 1850 foot peak about 150 feet below the summit. When the wreckage was located two days later it was learned that all aboard had been killed. The toll in this accident was 8 soldiers, 4 sailors, 5 Marines, and six airmen (5 crew, one passenger).


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10/8/69 SW2 Larry R. Owens, Lusk, WY - Danang ACB 1

Larry Ray Owens

PERSONAL DATA
Home of Record: Lusk, WY
Date of birth: 06/25/1946
MILITARY DATA
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Steelworker 2nd Class
ID No: 520484892
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 03
Unit: ACB-1, 3RD NC BDE, USNAVFORV
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: ------
Casualty Date: 10/08/1969
Age at Loss: 23 (based on date declared dead)
Location: Danang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Other accident

www.VirtualWall.org/do/OwensLR01a.htm
ON THE WALL Panel 17W Line 051

https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/39074/LARRY-R-OWENS/

http://www.seabee-rvn.com/GoneBut-Not-Forgotten/Larry-Owens08Oct69ACB-1/14162750_nDsmJ3#1045129101_YMrTy

Larry is buried at:
Lusk Cemetery
Lusk, Niobrara County, WY.82225
Section R, Block 7, Lot 5, Grave 4
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=owens&GSiman=1&GScid=84072&GRid=70190193&

Data Source:
Combat Area Casualties Current File

a. Steelworker 2nd Class (SW2) Larry Ray OWENS, memorial # 70190193,
assigned to WestPac Detachment, Naval Amphibious Construction Battalion
One (NACB-1). He was injured 13 Sep 69 in an accident at the Red Beach
complex 7 kilometers northwest of Danang, and died at the Tachikawa AFB
Hospital, Japan, on 08 Oct 69.


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