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ís Fallen from the Vietnam War

  PAUL DENNIS FLEMING

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Birth Date:  August 17, 1947

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Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Protestant - No Preference

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

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Marital Status:  Single

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Home of Record:  South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Marine Corps                    

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Sergeant

Rank Abbrev:  SGT  

Pay Grade:  E5         

MOS:  6242               

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Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: July 18, 1968

Major Command:  Fleet Marine Force, Pacific               

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Air Wing:  9th Marine Amphibious Brigade               

Air Group:  Marine Air Group 15             

Squadron:  HMM-165

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Casualty Date:  January 7, 1969

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Casualty Age:  21

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

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Crew              

Casualty Province:  Quang Ngai

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam               

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Casualty Vehicle:  CH-46D Seaknight serial number 152552

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

Body Recovered:  Yes   

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South Hadley Fallsís Fallen Casualty Order:  5th

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  35W  Line Number:  47


Helicopter CH-46A 152552

Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 152552
Date: 01/07/69
Incident number: 69010777.KIA
Unit: HMM-165
South Vietnam
Casualties = 04 KIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, POPASMOKE INCIDENT (Operations Report. )
Summary: Crashed into a mountain during bad weather on a routine flight between Marble Mountain and Chu Lai for mail and passengers.
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC 1LT FORD GLENN JESSE III KIA
CP 1LT JACOBS VINCENT LAWRENCE KIA
C SGT HOBART GLENN EDWARD III kIA
C SGT FLEMING PAUL DENNIS KIA

War Story:
The POPASMOKE incident reads: I was supposed to be with Glen on that flight when they crashed into a mountain. Vince, my room mate on the ship, took the flight because I had been out since day break and he did not have a flight that day. It was supposed to be an easy, afternoon mail run. However, they never came back. We think they were misdirected by a radar controller, but we don't know for sure. HMM-165 was aboard the Tripoli during the fall of 1968. I don't remember the exact months. We operated from it for three months as did other H-46 squadrons. We went ashore at Marble Mountain from the ship and remained there until the squadron was pulled from country. It was while we were at Marble that Glen Ford and Vince Jacobs were killed in the mountain crash. Their flight was just a routine run to Chu Lai for mail and passengers bound for Marble. It was a very cloudy day and they had to be radar vectored back to Marble. That was when it happened. Glen was a quiet guy, very friendly and easy to be his friend. He was very capable; that was why we had to believe that he was misdirected into the mountain. Vince was a typical New York Italian. He to was easy going and a good friend. He liked to laugh and have a good time. They were greatly missed. Submitted by Bill Turek, HMM-16

This record was last updated on 07/31/00


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SGT Paul Dennis Fleming
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/07/69 while performing the duty of Crew member unspecified.
Age at death: 21.4
Date of Birth: 08/17/47
Home City: South Hadley Falls, MA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-165
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 35W-047
Short Summary: Crashed into a mountain during bad weather on a routine flight between Marble Mountain and Chu Lai for mail and passengers.
Aircraft: CH-46B tail number 152552
SSN: 029362111
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 6242 = Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, Transport and Helicopter
Started Tour: 07/18/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
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 07/31/00


Name: SGT Glenn Edward Hobart III
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/07/69 while performing the duty of Crew member unspecified.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 02/10/47
Home City: Arlington, MA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-165
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 35W-048
Short Summary: Crashed into a mountain during bad weather on a routine flight between Marble Mountain and Chu Lai for mail and passengers.
Aircraft: CH-46B tail number 152552
SSN: 018364678
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 6312
Started Tour: 11/18/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 07/31/00


Name: 1LT Vincent Lawrence Jacobs
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/07/69 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 11/16/46
Home City: Kinnelon, NJ
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-165
Flight class: 10-66
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 35W-048
Short Summary: Crashed into a mountain during bad weather on a routine flight between Marble Mountain and Chu Lai for mail and passengers.
Aircraft: CH-46B tail number 152552
SSN: 152388556
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 7562
Started Tour: 04/16/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 07/31/00


Name: 1LT Glenn Jesse Ford III
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/07/69 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 24.1
Date of Birth: 11/15/44
Home City: Wayne, MI
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-165
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 35W-047
Short Summary: Crashed into a mountain during bad weather on a routine flight between Marble Mountain and Chu Lai for mail and passengers.
Aircraft: CH-46B tail number 152552
SSN: 373442383
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 7562
Started Tour: 03/21/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 03
Location: Quang Ngai Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
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 07/31/00

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter CH-46A tail number 152552
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
6901   0    0 HMM164 HMM-164?         VIETNAM                     VS


Please send additions or corrections to:

VHPA Head Quarters or Gary Roush or Mike Law


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