GORDON H BLEXRUDE
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HONORED ON PANEL 8E, LINE 39 OF THE WALL

GORDON HARRY BLEXRUDE

WALL NAME

GORDON H BLEXRUDE

PANEL / LINE

8E/39

DATE OF BIRTH

07/29/1939

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/24/1965

HOME OF RECORD

EAU CLAIRE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Chippewa County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GORDON HARRY BLEXRUDE
POSTED ON 10.10.2017

Air Loss - Fixed Wing

On August 24, 1965, a United States Marines Corps Lockheed KC-130F Hercules (#149802) from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) was scheduled to ferry a group of U.S. Marines back to South Vietnam from a rest-and-relaxation leave in the former British Hong Kong. The 10:00 AM flight crashed on take-off from Kai Tak Airport, killing 59 out of 71 on board. The cause of the accident was attributed to the aircraft commander disregarding standard operating procedure and choosing to make a three-engine takeoff with the No.1 engine's prop unfeathered and operating only on limited power. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and veered left shortly after leaving the runway. The port (left) wing struck a sea-wall, causing the plane to burst into flames before crashing into Kowloon Bay. This was the first Hercules hull loss in Marine Corps service. Two crewmen perished in the crash, navigator SGT Gordon H. Blexrude and radio operator CPL Jerry L. Gerry. The 57 lost passengers included LCPL Major Arnold Jr., PFC Dennis D. Backen, PFC George A. Bell Jr., LCPL Narciso Bertomen Jr., LCPL Harold J. Brazen, LCPL Joseph E. Brunelle, LCPL Cecil W. Burton, PFC Terry A. Chase, LCPL Joseph A. Clancy, PFC Thomas M. Crow, LCPL Ronald L. Davis, LCPL Harold V. Dayringer Jr., LCPL Maarten DeGroot, HN Robert T. Efaw, LCPL Carroll E. Fankhauser, LCPL Joseph A. Ford III, CPL James A. Gilford, PFC Frank A. Given, BUL3 Gary W. Grimes, PFC Barry N. Hambleton, LCPL Donald D. Hansen, LCPL Lonnie D. Hartsock, SSGT Kelly K. Heinze, SGT Gerald V. Johnson, LCPL Richard L. Jossendal, LCPL Robert J. Kuzmanko, SGT Dahl J. La Porte, CPL John W. Lake, BUL3 Robert M. Lathrope, PFC Jack B. Leaf, LCPL Dennis R. Martin, SGT James Massey, LCPL Harry C. McCartney, PVT Ricardo Mesa, PFC John S. Michel, LCPL Edward J. Monahan Jr., CPL Grat G. Myers, LCPL David C. Ney, LCPL James B. O’Kane, PFC Warren W. Pfefferle, CPL John T. Povey, LCPL Ronald L. Powell, LCPL Felix Rodriquez, LCPL John P. Roland, 1LT Paul E. Rudeen Jr., LCPL Ronald L. Runkel, CMH3 Thomas A. Sagen. LCPL Jerry J. Sanders, LCPL William K. Shoup, CPL Richard Smith, CPL Otha T. Thompson, BUR3 John H. Van Wyk, LCPL James J. Votava Jr., LCPL Roland L. Wafford, LCPL Richard F. Wallace, LCPL Donald R. Wiest, and LCPL Richard A. Willis. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, aviation-safety.net, c-130.net, cgibin.rcn.com, wikipedia.org, and the book “U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Damaged or Destroyed During the Vietnam War” by Douglas E. Campbell]
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POSTED ON 4.9.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SERGEANT BLEXRUDE,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A MARINE. SEMPER FI. I DO NOT KNOW YOUR MOS, BUT I READ YOU WERE A FIXED WING CREW MEMBER. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. IT IS PALM SUNDAY, AND PASSOVER IS ALSO STARTING - GOD'S BLESSINGS ON YOU.
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POSTED ON 1.30.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Gordon Harry Blexrude, 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 9.6.2013
POSTED BY: Steve Conto, Menasha, WI

The Final Bridge

Gordon is buried at Lakeview Cemetery on Buffington Rd., Area E, 4th row in from the west, 14th column in from the north.
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POSTED ON 8.24.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Sergeant.
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