POW MIA Bracelet
Corporal Donald Baldwin
USMC, 1984 -1988
Remembering An American Hero
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
Class mate remembered
Ive attached a photo from an old year book from Freeland High School from his Jr year in 1965
Crash Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-34D tail number 144654
The Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse was a vital aircraft in Vietnam, serving as transport of both personnel and materiel. The Seahorse and its pilots particularly distinguished themselves throughout the spring of 1968 during one of the most crucial and bitterly contested struggles of the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive. On March 26, 1968, a UH-34D from the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 363 (HMM 363) was serving as a medevac helicopter in South Vietnam. The crew consisted of the pilot and co-pilot, as well as crew chief CPL Larry E. Green, and gunner LCPL Ernest C. Kerr Jr. They were transporting wounded Marines for medical treatment. LTC Frankie E. Allgood had been wounded in the temple by shrapnel and LCPL Richard Evancho and CPL Glenn W. Mowrey were also injured. These three were being medevaced onboard the UH-34D. The helicopter crossed a stretch of the South China Sea during adverse weather conditions. The helicopter crashed into the sea about three miles from its destination, Da Nang, South Vietnam. Search teams were dispatched at once, and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued. Crew members Kerr and Green were not rescued, nor were the other occupants of the helicopter, including the badly wounded LTC Allgood. All were presumed drowned and were classified Killed, Body Not Recovered. Because the medevac was apparently not struck by hostile fire, the incident was deemed non-battle related. [Taken from vhpa.org and pownetwork.org]