ROBERT S GATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 15W, LINE 103 OF THE WALL

ROBERT SIDNEY GATES

WALL NAME

ROBERT S GATES

PANEL / LINE

15W/103

DATE OF BIRTH

08/28/1933

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/28/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HAMILTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Essex County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

CTC

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LEFT FOR ROBERT SIDNEY GATES
POSTED ON 9.6.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 8.18.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

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Never forgotten.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 8.19.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 11.18.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear CPO Robert Gates,
Thank you for your service as a Chief Communication Technician. Your 49th anniversary is soon, sad. Happy Thanksgiving. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.31.2015

Final Mission of CTC Robert S. Gates

On December 28, 1969, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A (tail number 153379) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) was returning from Phu Bai and had filed an IFR flight plan. They were experiencing radio problems and were cleared at 5,000 feet mean sea level (MSL), but read back and flew the flight at 3,000 feet MSL. Da Nang Approach Control made numerous attempts to alert the crew to their mistake and transmitted on all UHF frequencies at their disposal, including Guard, with transmissions such as, "Turn left, you have a mountain at your 12 o'clock, distance 2 miles!" The crew never responded and flew into Hai-Van Pass under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and impacted the terrain. All aboard were killed instantly. The crew members included aircraft commander 1LT Charles K. Butler, co-pilot 1LT William P. Higgins, crew chief SSGT Robert R. Swain, and gunner PFC William L. Beadnell. The passengers were PFC James M. Alderman, CTC Robert S. Gates, LCPL James H. Pence, LCPL Leslie L. Shelton, MGYS Edward R. Storm, and SSGT Richard D. Walsh. (Information provided by Walt Wise, 1LT USMCR; Terry D. McDade, SGT USMC; William N. "Pappy" Hill, MGYS USMC Ret.) [Taken from vhpa.org]
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