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GLENN FREDERIC AUSTIN


is honored on Panel 13W, Line 91 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Hmm-263

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Leonard H Cole
    Glenn my brother,I will never forget you,nor let you be forgotten. We spent lots of time together and flew many missions together. I visit you at the Wall in DC every year,and lots of time at the traveling walls. Now that I know where you are located,I will soon visit you there also. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU IN THE HEAVENS ABOVE BROTHERM
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  • Final Mission of CPL Glenn F. Austin

    Posted on 2/19/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On March 7, 1970, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A (tail number 154043) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (HMM 263) was flying a support mission for another UH-1 helicopter carrying a VIP attending a change of command ceremony in the Da Nang area. The mission was flown in marginal weather during which voice contact was made between the aircraft with nothing indicating any trouble. When the lead UH-1 aircraft reached Phu Bai Airbase, the pilot was told by the crew of an Army helicopter that they had seen a CH-46 down in the coastal wasters about 24 miles northwest of Da Nang. From that day until March 26th, search operations were conducted by rotary and fixed wing aircraft of the Army and Air Force, and by surface vessels out of Phu Bai harbor. One Marine was rescued from the downed ship, and three bodies were located at various locations. The surviving gunner was picked up by a Vietnamese fisherman, who took him to the beach, dropped him off, and then just left, apparently unconcerned with helping him any further. The survivor related to crash investigators that they were flying in "really bad" weather, chasing the lead Huey (UH-1) when they went inadvertent IFR (instrument flight rules) and crashed into the water about 500 yards off the beach. He also told them that even though he couldn't be sure, he thought he remembered a loud noise coming from the rear of the aircraft and both pilots looking back into the cabin just before impact. The lost crew included CAPT Albert H. Gates Jr., co-pilot 1LT Kay K. Kimura, and crewmen CPL Glenn F. Austin and SGT Andrew W. Smith. 1LT Kimura was found a week later in a river without identification, but was ID’ed by his dog tag and USMC flight suit. All search efforts to locate CAPT Gates were unsuccessful. [Taken from vhpa.org and popasmoke.com]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/11/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR CORPORAL AUSTIN,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN AIRCRAFT CNE/WEAPON/DECM SYSTEM TECHNICIAN. SEMPER FI. WE ARE CELEBRATING COLUMBUS DAY, AND THE DISCOVERY THAT LED TO US BEING IN AMERICA. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING AMERICA. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Always.....

    Posted on 5/24/14 - by Rita
    We were young, great friends, you will never be forgotten. Such a good good person. Taken WAY too soon. RIP my friend.

    Rita
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/10/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear CPL Glenn Frederic Austin, 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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