KIRK I RILEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 3E, LINE 122 OF THE WALL

KIRK IRWIN RILEY

WALL NAME

KIRK I RILEY

PANEL / LINE

3E/122

DATE OF BIRTH

10/18/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/03/1965

HOME OF RECORD

PEORIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Peoria County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CAPT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KIRK IRWIN RILEY
POSTED ON 9.1.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cap. Kirk Riley, Thank you for your service as an HMH Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is soon, and still very sad. 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 5.24.2020
POSTED BY: Corporal G.

I remember

I remember Capt Riley - he was my Capt when I was a Corporal assigned to HMM-364. I was in Okinawa at the time of his crash. I should have been the gunner on that flight.
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POSTED ON 2.13.2017

Final Mission of CAPT Kirk I. Riley

On December 3, 1965, a flight of six UH-34D's from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM 364) were carrying a full complement of ARVN troops whose destination was an outpost known as Hiep Duc, just west of Tam Ky. The entire area was noted for being a very “hot spot.” CAPT Kirk I. Riley and his crew were the lead aircraft, #148762. The following is a personal account by Ken Gross of the loss of Riley’s aircraft: “We tried to go in as high as possible, though we were limited by somewhat low ceilings, which may have placed us approximately 2000 feet above ground level. The flight was in normal cruise when the Viet Cong fired on us with time delay fused mortars. Unfortunately, CAPT Riley's aircraft received a direct hit in the belly, where the fuel tanks were located, and they never stood a chance. CAPT Riley tried desperately to get the aircraft on the ground, but it was burning so fiercely he appeared to lose control and the aircraft rolled inverted and crashed. No one survived.” The lost crew included Aircraft Commander Riley, co-pilot 1LT Stanley G. Johnson, crew chief CPL Robert H. White, and gunner CPL Warren L. Dempsey. In addition to the four crewmembers, there were nine ARVN troops aboard the aircraft. Neither the bodies nor the aircraft were recovered. (Narrative by Kenneth L. Gross, Maj. USMCR, Ret.) [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and popasmoke.com]
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POSTED ON 11.5.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Kirk Irwin Riley, 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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POSTED ON 8.25.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Kirk is buried at Saint Pauls Episcopal Cathedral,Peoria, Peoria County,.IL.
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