WILLIAM T HALE
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HONORED ON PANEL 41W, LINE 45 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM THOMAS HALE

WALL NAME

WILLIAM T HALE

PANEL / LINE

41W/45

DATE OF BIRTH

07/29/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/11/1968

HOME OF RECORD

BIG SPRING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Howard County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM THOMAS HALE
POSTED ON 8.23.2019
POSTED BY: Harold Morrison

BSHS high school budies

We came into contact in high school football PE class. We were on the blocking line against each other. I tried to tackle him. On the way for the next play he grumbled you don’t do that. I said you don’t do what. He said u don’t tackle. I said l don’t know about this game. I’m willing to learn if u teach me. We became best friends after that. Finished 1 semester at HJC and was drafted in army for 2yr. I got out just as Vietnam was taking off. It was a terrible war we should not have gotten into. I thought a lot about Bill.
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POSTED ON 3.4.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt William Hale,
Thank you for your service as a Basic Pilot. The war was years ago, but we all need 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 7.19.2017

Final Mission of 1LT William T. Hale

On October 11, 1968, two Marine helicopters, a CH-46 helicopter (#151917) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM 265), and a UH-34 (#148802) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMM 362), were involved in a mid-air collision near Ha Nha along the north bank of Vu Gia River, 7 miles northwest of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province, RVN. Fourteen personnel were lost in the incident. The following is a personal account of the collision by Frank Powell: I was standing near the top of Hill 52 at the 3/7 CP. The CO and SGT MAJ of the arty battalion supporting us had gone down the hill to catch a ride on CH-46 (#151917) which was in the LZ just below. As they ran up the back ramp, the crew chief on the CH-46 motioned for them to get off. They turned around and departed the aircraft. I watched as the CH-46 took off, without any passengers, and began climbing out in a steep ascent with its nose pointing south toward An Hoa. It was a clear, sunny day with a few scattered clouds high in the sky. At about 800-1,000 feet, the CH-46 came up underneath a UH-34 (#148802) which was flying overhead on a similar heading. It appeared that each helicopter was in the other’s blind spot and that no visual contact had been made between them. I don't think the two fuselages actually collided, but they chewed off each other’s rotor blades. An orange fireball and black smoke erupted from the rear of the CH-46. A series of quick clacking sounds and a muffled explosion reached us on the ground as the blade parts were sent flying in every direction overhead. The two aircraft momentarily just hung there. Then the CH-46, its aft end burning and smoking, began tumbling end over end toward the ground. The UH-34 simply nosed over, the weight of the big radial engine in its nose causing it to plunge straight down like a dart. Clearly visible, standing at the open forward hatch of the CH-46, a crewman somehow managed to keep his position as the aircraft somersaulted downward. As the UH-34 hurtled down, I saw three passengers dive out the starboard loading hatch. One of them assumed a spread-eagle position, like a free-falling skydiver. The others just tumbled. Thunderous noises echoed across the valley floor as the aircraft impacted on a sandbar which extended out into the Vu Gia River. Thankfully, it was on our side of the river, the other side belonged to Charlie. The UH-34 hit first, sending up a towering eruption of bellowing fire, white smoke, and streaking shards of red flame. The CH-46 quickly followed, close by on the same stretch of sand. The aft section, with the engines, split away from the forward half of the aircraft and was a burning heap. Black greasy smoke plumed high into the sky. The forward section did not catch fire. I ran down to the crash site and found Marines from Mike Company, 3/7, pulling the bodies of the pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, and crewman out of the CH-46. Three crumpled bodies, those who dived out of the UH-34, rested on the sand in the immediate vicinity of the UH-34 wreckage. The Mike Company Marines spoke of a fourth individual who had dived out and had landed in the river. I could not verify it. The UH-34 was burning white hot, so intense that it was impossible to get near it. Within a few hours, the wreckage was reduced to a surprisingly small mound of gray ashes, making the retrieval or identification of human remains virtually impossible. This remains one of the sadder days in my life. (By Frank Powell, taken from popasmoke.com) The lost crew of the CH-46 included pilots 1LT William T. Hale and 1LT Jeffrey W. Rainaud, crew chief SGT Marvin Wesley Jr., and gunner CPL Gary D. Kemski. The lost crew of the UH-34 was comprised of aircraft commander 1LT Peter E. Schryver, pilot CAPT Steven W. Martin, and crewmen LCPL Lantie L. Harris Jr. and LCPL Lawrence C. Kleinhans. Passengers on the UH-34 included LCPL Willie C. Ferguson Jr., LCPL Thomas F. Hankins, LCPL Brian T. Heaver, HN Ivan L. Heller, CPL Benny J. Hicks, and CPL J.D. Walters. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, and popasmoke.com]
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POSTED ON 7.30.2015
POSTED BY: Mary Sue Hale Echols

Forever young, forever remembered, forever loved

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Bill Tom, a truly wonderful brother and friend. How often, still, I long for his input and counsel.
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POSTED ON 7.30.2015
POSTED BY: Mary Sue Hale Echols

Forever young, forever remembered, forever loved

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Bill Tom, a truly wonderful brother and friend. How often, still, I long for his input and counsel.
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