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MELVIN ELLSWORTH HART

  • Wall Name:MELVIN E HART
  • Date of Birth:8/31/1945
  • Date of Casualty:5/4/1966
  • Home of Record:MINNEAPOLIS
  • County of Record:HENNEPIN COUNTY
  • State:MN
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PVT
  • Panel/Line: 7E, 25
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

ESTEL HUSKEY

  • Wall Name:ESTEL HUSKEY
  • Date of Birth:5/26/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/4/1966
  • Home of Record:SEVIERVILLE
  • County of Record:SEVIER COUNTY
  • State:TN
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Line: 7E, 25
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

GENE HAWTHORNE


is honored on Panel 7E, Line 25 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • The hero uncle I never met

    Posted on 5/21/17 - by Yvonne
    My uncle Gene was killed during the Vietnam conflict. I was about two years old when he died. I never met him, but through my father's stories, I learned of his determination and courage. I wish I would've gotten to meet him, but my faith is one day I will see him and my father.
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  • In Honor

    Posted on 5/4/17 - by John Braun birds@epix.net
    Gene, You are remembered and honored.
  • Uncle Gene

    Posted on 5/3/17 - by Dora Speirs djspeirs4@yahoo.com
    I never got to know or meet Gene. He was KIA 6 months before I was born. But I am proud of him.
    He was my mom's brother, Naomi (Hawthorne) Speirs
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  • Final Mission of SSGT Gene Hawthorne

    Posted on 11/23/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On May 4, 1966, a U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A (tail number 64-13138) from the 147th Assault Support Helicopter Company ("Hill Climbers") crashed during a combat mission 13 nautical miles northwest of Nhon Co while deploying to a forward base. The passengers were from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry of the 101st Infantry Division. One of the passengers was the 1st Brigade’s Roman Catholic chaplain, Major William J. Barragy. Eyewitnesses agreed for the most part that there were flames coming from the rear of the aircraft and it seemed to have no forward airspeed and was spinning and falling straight down. The technical report suggested that the combining transmission failure, excessive heat, and fire causing the #2 drive shaft to separate. The resulting fire may have been ingested into the remaining engine causing a loss of power, SAS (Stability Augmentation System), and aircraft electrical systems. There is evidence that the pilot attempted to flare the helicopter prior to impact to no avail, the aircraft crashing on its left side and was consumed by fire. There were no survivors. The crew included aircraft commander CW3 George A. Clark, pilot CW3 John A. Eddy, flight engineer SP6 Edgar S. Doliber, crew chief SP5 Aaron B. Aumiller, and gunner SP4 Fairley W. Mills. The passengers were MAJ William J. Barragy, PFC Roger L. Berg, SSGT John A. Brown, PFC Robert L. Clark, PFC Roger C. Collette, SP4 John F. Concannon, MSGT J. D. Harrell, SSGT Gene Hawthorne, PFC Malakia Jackson Jr., PFC Michael Simpson, PFC Joseph J. Swayze, PFC Robert E. Thompson, SP4 Earnest A. Tucker Jr., FSGT Harden B. Walker, and SP4 Howard D. Weiss. [Taken from vhpa.org and armyaircrews.com]
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  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 5/4/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear SSGT Gene Hawthorne, 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.



    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say 'thank you'; for America, and for those who love you.



    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir



    Curt Carter


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