BRUCE H EATON
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HONORED ON PANEL 22E, LINE 119 OF THE WALL

BRUCE HORACE EATON

WALL NAME

BRUCE H EATON

PANEL / LINE

22E/119

DATE OF BIRTH

11/10/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/03/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SAN GABRIEL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

2LT

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LEFT FOR BRUCE HORACE EATON
POSTED ON 7.3.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Lt.
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POSTED ON 11.27.2012

Final Mission of U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46 tail number 152532

There are several narratives about this incident: I was the copilot on the lead aircraft of a flight of two CH-46A’s that were detached from Phu Bai to Dong Ha for three days. We went up on 630 in the PM. We flew 71, 72 and the morning of 73. 'Hud' Manning was the AC in the lead aircraft. CAPT John S. “Steve” Roederer and 2LT Bruce H. Eaton were the Aircraft Commander and Copilot of the wing aircraft. Also part of this crew included GSGT Harold D. Philpott and LCPL Frank R. Allender Jr. On the morning of 70367 during preflight we had a small hydraulic leak in the rear ramp area. We determined that it could be isolated during flight and we could be the SAR (search and rescue) bird and let the other aircraft work, hence the mission could be completed. When we stopped for lunch it was determined that we should exchange pilot crews in the two aircraft so that the pilots that worked in the AM could be SAR in the PM. About 1.5 hours after lunch the aircraft came apart and killed the crew of 4. We were able to land and pull Bruce and Steve from the wreckage and take them to the morgue. The fire was intense and ammunition had begun to explode. Therefore, we were unable to retrieve the other crewmembers bodies (Philpott and Allender). Submitted by John C. Jones, pilot, HMM-165. The official narrative stated that the crew lost control of aircraft due to failure of thrust bearing on aft rotor shaft. Cause: Design defect plus maintenance error. Submitted by Ted Read, Squadron Safety Officer, pilot, HMM-165. Investigative Personal Narrative: I dug out my log books & determined that Roederer's aircraft had to be 152532 because we didn't have any BuNo’s as high as 153xxx. In fact, looking further in my logbook, I learned that 153xxx has to be a CH-46D. We didn't have any 'D' models in 165 on the first tour. In fact, we went over with brand-new 'A' models straight from the factory. Most of them had consecutive BuNo’s. IN ADDITION, I found 152532 in my logbook on 13 June 1967. A short explanation of the cause of the accident: The 46A had a 600 hour aft rotor shaft thrust bearing. When 152532 reached 600 hours the bearing was changed. H&MS-36 replaced it by heating it in a baker's oven to enlarge it so it would slide onto the shaft (Shrink to fit). They overheated the bearing in the oven, destroying its hardness. The new bearing failed after about 25 hours of flight. As the bearing failed the aft rotor started to rise up out of the aft pylon causing CAPT Roederer to lose control (ran out of forward stick). Replacement bearings made of a more heat tolerant metal were already in the system but NavAir wanted us to use up the old ones first. Submitted by Ted Read [Taken from vhpa.org]

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POSTED ON 5.27.2012
POSTED BY: John C. Jones

We picked you from the burning helo

We were your wingmen. The co-Pilot, me, and our crew chief were able to pull you and Steve from the burning helicopter and take you to the morgue. I would like to find family members to relate some details of your death. You really died in my place.
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POSTED ON 12.5.2010
POSTED BY: robert Sage

We Remember

Bruce is buried at Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia , CA. AM-10GS
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POSTED ON 4.26.2010

Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

A portion of Sepulveda Boulevard/State Highway Route 1 in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport has been dedicated to the residents of Los Angeles County who served in Vietnam. This section of highway is now designated the Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Adopted by the California State Legislature in 2000, the highway honors the more than 350,000 California veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including the 5,822 killed or missing in action. Los Angeles County has the largest number of Vietnam veterans in California and 1,857 of its residents were killed or missing in action during that war. This memorial corridor provides a fitting and proper way for the residents of Los Angeles County to express their gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices these Vietnam veterans have made for their country.
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