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is honored on Panel 49E, Line 18 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CPL Paul J. Allen

    Posted on 11/15/17 - by
    On April 11, 1968, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-34D (tail number 145804) from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMH-163) was involved in a mid-air collision with a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1E helicopter (tail number 154968) from Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6) with the loss of twelve personnel. The UH-34D, call sign Seaworthy 4-5, was launched on an emergency medevac mission with two VMO-6 Huey gunship escorts to pick up some wounded Marines in the hills around Khe Sanh. They were on their way to Delta Med at Dong Ha when they collided and crashed near the abandoned refugee camp at Cam Lo. The gunships were flying above and behind the UH-34, as usual. According to one of the gunners on the second gunship, the 34 and lead Huey just "kind of kissed" and both went down. The UH-34 was torn apart and the UH-1E was consumed by fire. The lost UH-34 crew included aircraft commander CPT Eugene R. Gannon, co-pilot 2LT John P. Holden II, crew chief CPL Frederick D. Graten, and gunner CPL John A. Nixon. The passengers were CPL Robert W. Belcher, PFC Dennis R. Davidson, PFC Richard E. Erwin, and PFC Charles R. Finley. The lost gunship crew was aircraft commander 1LT Ronald E. Riede, co-pilot CPT Bruce F. McMillan, crew chief CPL Paul J. Allen, and gunner LCPL Michael G. Demarco. [Taken from and]
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 11/12/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Corporal Paul James Allen, Served with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW), Third Marine Amphibious Force.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/24/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 5/9/15 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Paul.

    Posted on 5/9/15 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    In the early morning hours of 11 April 1968, an H-34 helicopter of HMM-163 launched on a med-evac mission. The H-34 was escorted by two UH-1 gunship helicopters from VMO-6.

    After picking up four wounded Marines from near Khe Sanh, the H-34 and its escorts proceeded toward Dong Ha. While enroute, a mid-air collision occurred between the H-34 and the lead UH-1 when the UH-1, which was in trail, came into contact with the H-34. Both aircraft crashed and burned near the abandoned refugee camp at Cam Lo. The casualties included
    • Aboard the H-34 (BuNo 145804), HMM-163:

    CAPT Eugene R Gannon, Pilot
    2ND LT John P Holden II, Copilot
    CPL John A Nixon, Gunner
    CPL Frederick D Graten, Crew Chief

    HN Frank P Addice, Corpsman, MAG-36
    CPL Robert W Belcher, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marines
    PFC Dennis R Davidson, A Co, 3rd Tank Bn
    PFC Richard E Erwin, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marines
    PFC Charles R Finley, M Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marines

    • Aboard the UH-1E (BuNo 154968), VMO-6:
    CAPT Bruce F McMillan, Pilot
    1ST LT Ronald E Riede, Copilot
    CPL Paul J Allen, Crew Chief
    LCPL Michael G De Marco, Gunner
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