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ROGER CONRAD GAUGHAN 

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Birth Date:  June 24, 1946

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Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

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Marital Status:  Single

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Home of Record:  Belchertown, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Marine Corps                    

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Corporal

Rank Abbrev:  CPL   

Pay Grade:  E4         

MOS:  0311               

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Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: May 1, 1967

Major Command:  1st Marine Division          

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Regiment:  5th Marines

Battalion:  3rd Battalion                          

Company:  M Company

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Casualty Date:  May 1, 1967

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Casualty Age:  20

Casualty Data 1: Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes        

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash at Sea      

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Non-Crew      

Casualty Province:  Offshore, Military Region 1

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam

Casualty Vehicle:  CH-46A Seaknight serial number 150268

Casualty Coordinates:  BT 750 150 (153013 North 1085408 East)               

Located In Or Near: over water

Aircraft Incident Data:  click here for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association report

Body Recovered:  No 

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Belchertownís Fallen Casualty Order:  1st 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  19E  Line Number:  5


Helicopter CH-46A 150268

Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 150268
Date: 05/01/67 MIA-POW file reference number: 0665
Incident number: 67050110.KIA
Unit: HMM-165
Over Water
UTM grid coordinates: BT750150
Casualties = 08 BNR . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: 0665, Command chronology ()
Summary: Lost both engines during medevac mission to SANCTUARY. All but one of the crew and some of the medevacs survived.
Loss to Inventory
Crew: BAILEY, JOHN HOWARD;

Crew Members:
G SSG CORFIELD STAN LEROY BNR
G LCP SMITH CARL ARTHUR BNR
AC CPT TATUM JC
CE PFC BLOSSER TS

Passengers:
SGT BAILEY JOHN HOWARD, MC, PX, BNR; CPL GAUGHAN ROGER CONRAD, MC, PX, BNR; PFC GUAJARDO HILARIO H, MC, PX, BNR; PFC SOULIER DUWAYNE, MC, PX, BNR;


War Story:
CPT J.Q. Nesmith, Jr. departed the First Hospital Company with two HMM-165 aircraft for a night Emergency Med-Evac to the hospital ship SANCTUARY. While on his approach the the SANCTUARY, CPT J.C. Tatum, CPT Nesmith's wingman, lost both engines and auto-rotated into the water alongside the ship. CPT Tatum successfully landed in the water and the CE, PFC T.S. Blosser, began assisting the med-evacs in their exit from the aircraft. CPT Tatum was believed to be the last man to exit the aircraft, which he did with difficulty while the aircraft was approximately 20 feet underwater and sinking fast. Meanwhile, CPT Nesmith had dropped his passengers aboard the SANCTUARY and was attempting to hoist one of the survivors out of the water, while also guiding the SANCTUARY's life boats to the scene with his searchlight. CPT Nesmith managed to get one man into the sling but the hoist jammed and would not come up. Therefore CPT Nesmith lifted the survivor out of the water and onto the ships deck; and after safely depositing the man aboard the SANCTUARY, he returned to the scene to assist the rescue boats by guiding them with his searchlight. CPT Nesmith then, due to a low fuel state, had to return to Ky Ha. Meanwhile, HMM-165 began launching SAR flights to search for survivors, and Naval ships rushed to the scene to render assistance. Out of the 17 men aboard the aircraft, including three of the crew, only nine survivors were rescued from this tragic accident. Seven of the med-evacs plus the HMM-165 gunner, Sergeant S.L. Corfield, were lost at sea. HMM-165 continued search operations throughout the night and the next day, but to no avail. The search was discontinued but renewed again during the night of the 2nd of May. The eight missing Marines are presumed to have been lost at sea. The above was taken from the HMM-165 Command Chronology

This record was last updated on 09/20/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SGT John Howard Bailey
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 05/01/67 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 19.8
Date of Birth: 07/05/47
Home City: Docena, AL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 19E-003
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 150268
Service number: 2128311
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0311 = Rifleman
Primary cause: SVN/BNR/OW
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
This record was last updated on 06/25/94


Name: SSG Stan Leroy Corfield (posthumously promoted)
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 05/01/67 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 26.7
Date of Birth: 08/25/40
Home City: Gallup, NM
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-165
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 19E-004
Short Summary: Lost at sea when CH-46 lost both engines and crashed during medevac mission to SANCTUARY.
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 150268
Service number: 1683185
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 6341
Primary cause: SVN/BNR/OW
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 08
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
This record was last updated on 11/13/97


Name: CPL Roger Conrad Gaughan
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 05/01/67 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 20.9
Date of Birth: 06/24/46
Home City: Belchertown, MA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 19E-005
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 150268
Service number: 2117503
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0311 = Rifleman
Primary cause: SVN/BNR/OW
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 06/25/94


Name: PFC Hilario H. Guajardo
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 05/01/67 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 19.4
Date of Birth: 12/01/47
Home City: San Antonio, TX
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 19E-005
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 150268
Service number: 2313507
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0351 = Assaultman
Primary cause: SVN/BNR/OW
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 06/25/94


Name: LCP Carl Arthur Smith
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 05/01/67 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 21.1
Date of Birth: 04/05/46
Home City: Attica, NY
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 19E-007
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 150268
Service number: 2184978
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1381 = Shore Party Specialist
Primary cause: SVN/BNR/OW
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 06/25/94


Name: PFC Duwayne Soulier
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 05/01/67 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 20.3
Date of Birth: 12/31/46
Home City: Milwaukee, WI
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 19E-008
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 150268
Service number: 2201329
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0351 = Assaultman
Primary cause: SVN/BNR/OW
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 06/25/94

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter CH-46A tail number 150268
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in .
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6705   0    0 HMM165 HMM-165          VIETNAM                     OW


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