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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 10/25/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    First Lieutenant Gerald Otto McKay, Served with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161), USS Iowa Jima, Task Force 79 (TF-79), 7th Fleet.
  • Casualty at Sea

    Posted on 11/25/17 - by
    On June 6, 1965, two U.S. Marine Corps UH-34D helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM 161) were involved in a mid-air collision shortly after takeoff from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) stationed off Chu Lai in Quang Tin Province, RVN. The aircraft were launched for a pre-dawn search and rescue mission when they apparently collided in mid-air and fell to the sea. Because of darkness, only a bright yellow ball of flame was seen from the bridge of the Iwo Jima, followed by a loud explosion. The accident claimed the lives of eight squadron members. The lost crews included (from #148820): aircraft commander 1LT Allen C. Hertz, pilot CPT Paul F. McNally, crew chief CPL Frank W. Wilson, and gunner LCPL Carl E. McBee; and (from #148791) aircraft commander 1LT Nicolaus A. Doeden, pilot 1LT Gerald O. McKay, crew chief CPL Gary D. Tracy, and gunner PFC Curtis L. Foster. The remains of all crewmen were recovered. The squadron held a memorial service on the flight deck of the Iwo Jima the following morning. [Taken from,, and]
  • Semper Fi, Lt.

    Posted on 6/6/14 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 6/6/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear 1LT Gerald Otto McKay, 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

  • Remembrance

    Posted on 6/28/12 - by


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