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GREGORY JOSEPH ASBECK


is honored on Panel 12W, Line 3 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/3/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PETTY OFFICER ASBECK.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A NAVY AVIATION MACHINIST'S MATE (RECIPROCATING ENGINE MECHANIC) 3RD CLASS. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Final Mission of ADR3 Gregory J. Asbeck

    Posted on 6/9/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On March 16, 1970, a U.S. Navy EC-121K Warning Star (#145927) spy plane from Fleet Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) with 31 crewmen aboard suffered a mechanical failure during a landing approach at a Da Nang airbase at the end of a ferry flight from Taiwan. One of the airplane's four engines had been shut down enroute due to a generator overheat problem. Furthermore, the first one thousand feet of Da Nang's runway was closed for repairs. The combination of the two factors dictated an out-of-the-ordinary approach. At 11:25 as the Warning Star was on short final, another aircraft taxied onto the active runway, forcing the EC-121 to attempt an aborted landing. The pilot banked while flying over a concrete revetment and caught the tip of the left wing on a shelter. The EC-121 immediately cartwheeled, striking another revetment containing an RF-4C and exploded. The remaining eight crewmen and two U.S. Air Force personnel on the ground were injured. The aircraft crashed 300 yards east of the runway near a busy road leading to a large American mess hall. The aircraft broke into three pieces: the cockpit and fuselage forward of the wing slid into revetment wall and burned; the center section crashed upside down into a street and burned; and the tail section landed on a softball field, ripping into a backstop (the field was deserted). One of these flying sections hit a tar truck, knocking it into two power poles. The poles were severed and live power lines were strewn over the area. Only the white tail section and part of the fuselage were distinguishable amid the scattered wreckage. The RF-4C inside the hanger was also destroyed. One man from the tail section walked away unscathed, meanwhile the four other survivors from the center section were gravely injured. Although ground personnel made heroic efforts to rescue the men aboard the EC-121, braving gasoline and jet fuel fires and the risk of electrocution, 23 men were either dead or fatally injured including pilot LCDR Harvey C. K. Aiau, LCDR Harry C. Martin, navigator LT James M. Masters Jr., co-pilot LT George L. Morningstar, co-pilot LT Robin A. Pearce, co-pilot LTJG Charles E. Pressler, navigator LTJG Jean P. Souzon, ADRC William J. Risse, AT1 Larry O. Marchbank, ATR1 Arthur D. Simmons, ATR1 Donald W. Wilson, AE2 Floyd E. Andrus III, ADR2 Stuart J. Scruggs Jr., AMS2 William P. Bletsch, ATN2 John M. Birch, ATN2 Guy T. Denton, ATN2 John S. Schaefer, ATN2 Barry M. Searby, ATR2 Joseph S. Saukaitis, ADR3 Gregory J. Asbeck, ATN3 Thurle E. Case Jr., ATN3 Ben A. Hughes Jr., and ATN3 Ralph S. Purdum. [Taken from vspa.com, aviation-safety.net, and virtualwall.org]
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  • My Uncle

    Posted on 5/30/16
    I never had a chance to meet you, however my Grammy would always remind me of the wonderful things you did for our country and the many lives you have touched. I now share your memory with my children, since Grammy has passed. Looking forward to meeting you in heaven with our Lord, Jesus. Thank you to all who have sent online photos of my Uncle.
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  • You are not forgotten

    Posted on 3/16/15 - by jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde
    The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered!!!! All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Gregory. :-(
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/17/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear ADR3 Gregory Joseph Asbeck, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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