ROGER D PARTINGTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

ROGER DALE PARTINGTON

WALL NAME

ROGER D PARTINGTON

PANEL / LINE

16W/15

DATE OF BIRTH

12/12/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/01/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SPARTA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Randolph County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CAPT

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROGER DALE PARTINGTON
POSTED ON 3.30.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cap. Roger Partington, Thank you for your service as an HMH Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Holy Week and Passover. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.29.2017

Final Mission of CPT Roger D. Partington

On November 1, 1969, a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53A helicopter (#152394) from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) experienced an explosion while in flight, causing the aircraft to crash into the sea southeast of Marble Mountain Air Facility at Da Nang, RVN. Four crewmen were killed in the incident. They included pilot CPT Roger D. Partington, crew chief LCPL Gerald Nicholson Jr., and gunners MSGT Allen T. Elder Jr. and LCPL Fred A. Nelson. The co-pilot, 1LT Jeffrey T. Hansen, survived the crash and was rescued. The following is his personal account of the incident: I was flying co-pilot on November 1, 1969. CPT Partington was the pilot. The mission was night medevac standby. We took turns flying instrument approaches to Marble Mountain Air Facility (MMAF), while waiting for a call. I was flying, heading inbound toward MMAF at 1,400 feet. I had just radioed a routine position report to MMAF tower when something exploded, shaking the aircraft. A second explosion followed less than a minute later. The accident investigation board later determined that the right nose gearbox had exploded first. The starboard engine exploded next. These two explosions wiped out the hydraulic systems, rendering the aircraft uncontrollable. It also perforated the starboard (right-side) fuel tank, causing it to burst into flames. We fell violently out of the sky, crashing into the sea. The helicopter sank quickly. I was barely able to get out by exiting the portside (left) co-pilot's window. When I surfaced, I was surrounded by burning oil. I swam clear, using only my arms, as my pelvis was broken and my legs weren't working. I also had a compound fracture of my fibula, a bone in my lower right leg. Just when I thought I wasn't going to make it, my seat cushion surfaced, and I grabbed it. I called out to the rest of the crew, but there was no response. I lost my helmet during the crash. It was recovered during the search for wreckage, nearly broken in half. I began running through my survival equipment. At the time, survival vests and life vests were two separate pieces of equipment. If you were flying primarily over water, you wore a Mae West (life preserver) over your flight suit. If over land, you wore a survival vest. As I thought a medevac flight would be primarily over land, I wore my survival vest. Good choice for survival equipment, not such a good choice for staying afloat—the seat cushion turned out to be a life-saver! My survival radio did not work, so I tried my pen gun flares. The night was dark so these showed up pretty well. An Air Force HH-43 search and rescue helicopter was sent out to crash site. I later learned that the crew chief saw my very last flare and was able to pick me up in the searchlight. The rescue helicopter sent down a swimmer on a cable with a seat. He put me on it and they hauled me up and out of the water. After next recovering the swimmer, they flew me to Charley Med for treatment. (Narrative by Jeffrey T. Hansen, taken from popasmoke.com) Note: All of the lost crewmen were recovered except for Partington who was listed BNR (Body not Recovered). [Taken from popasmoke.com]
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POSTED ON 11.11.2015
POSTED BY: Hector Perez

You are not forgotten

Beloved uncle Roger, we take time today to honor your life by remembering your service. Thank you for sacrificing your life to protect our country and the rights of people who faced injustice. I look forward to seeing you in heaven and being together with Jesus and all our family members. We love you!
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POSTED ON 11.11.2015
POSTED BY: Nanette Piccini (niece)

Missing you always

To my beloved Uncle for all of his sacrifices for his family and Country. We think about you all the time and hope you are with Grandpa Gene, Grandma Leota, and Uncle Larry in a very special place watching over the rest of us until we can join you.
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POSTED ON 10.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Roger Dale Partington, sir

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

Curt Carter
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