ROBERT L CRITES JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 22W, LINE 104 OF THE WALL

ROBERT LINCOLN CRITES JR

WALL NAME

ROBERT L CRITES JR

PANEL / LINE

22W/104

DATE OF BIRTH

12/25/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/21/1969

HOME OF RECORD

COLTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

San Bernardino County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT LINCOLN CRITES JR
POSTED ON 3.1.2015

Final Mission of PFC Robert L. Crites Jr.

At approximately 1045 hours on June 21, 1969, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46D (tail number 154811) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 was on a reconnaissance insertion mission in Quang Nam Province, RVN, about 22 1/2 miles northwest of Danang, when the aircraft was hit by hostile enemy fire, causing the helicopter to crash and burn. The helicopter was attempting to insert a recon team at position ZC033864. The attempt was abandoned because of enemy opposition, and the aircraft was moving away when the gunner heard a loud explosion from the controls closet area. The co-pilot reported later that the aircraft lost boost pressure. It is suspected that the aircraft as hit in the controls closet area by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). Another report suggested small arms fire damaged the helicopter. The aircraft then went out of control and crashed. Pilot 1LT William L. Peters Jr. and crew chief LCPL Paul E. Petroline plus six members of the recon team, including 2LT William G. Schanck Jr., LCP Frank J. Bosco, LCPL Richard A. Weil Jr., PFC Arthur C. Council III, PFC Robert L. Crites Jr., and PFC James O. Hall Jr. were killed in the crash. The co-pilot, the two gunners, and the remaining two members of the recon team were injured and later rescued. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 11.20.2014
POSTED BY: Armando Castro

Robert Lincoln Crites Video

Use the link below to view a video of the "Robert L. Crites Military Banner Installation" which took place on November 19, 2014 in his hometown of Colton, California.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDhYV-HfZFA
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POSTED ON 11.11.2014
POSTED BY: C. Grable

Lift

Went to school with Bob, class of '68. Last time I saw him was when I gave him a "lift" on Redlands Blvd. He was on his was to the old Holiday Inn at the Colton interchange. He was spending the night their before heading to the Armed Forces Induction Center in L.A....we talked, we laughed...we said "see 'ya later'...and if my fading memory serves me right, I think he bummed a smoke off me. Next thing I knew my Mom sent me the newspaper clipping...will never forget.
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POSTED ON 8.3.2013
POSTED BY: Arlene Lohr Conley

Went to The Wall today

Hi Bob, I didn't know you. I graduated with your brother, David. I've remembered all these years that David lost his brother. It's always made me sad. I've looked your name up twice now at The Wall. You've missed so much. My husband served. My brother served. We're old people now. The world has changed. America has changed. We're a lot less idealistic now. Still, it would have been a better world had you the freedom to have lived your life in it. So sorry for your loss.
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POSTED ON 4.22.2013

Remembered

PFC Crites seated second from the left.



Rest in peace with the warriors.

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