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Shelburne Fallsí Fallen from the Vietnam War

PAUL THOMAS LOONEY

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Birth Date:  June 10, 1941

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Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

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Marital Status:  Married

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Home of Record:  Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Marine Corps                    

Service Component:  Reserve                      

Rank:  Captain

Rank Abbrev:  CPT   

Pay Grade:  O3        

MOS:  7562               

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Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: not reported

Major Command:  Fleet Marine Force, Pacific               

Air Assignment:

Air Wing:  1st Marine Air Wing               

Air Group:  Marine Air Group 36             

Squadron:  HMM-164

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Casualty Date:  May 10, 1967

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Casualty Data 1: Hostile, Died of Wounds    

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Pilot               

Casualty Province:  Quang Tri

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam               

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Casualty Vehicle:  CH-46A Seaknight serial number 151923

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

Body Recovered:  Yes 

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Shelburne Fallsís Fallen Casualty Order:  1st

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  19E  Line Number:  84


Helicopter CH-46A 151923

Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 151923
Date: 05/10/67
Incident number: 67051010.KIA
Unit: HMM-164
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Troop Extraction , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at UNK feet and UNK knots.
The station for this helicopter was Quang Tri in Vietnam unspecified
Helicopter took 23 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM, 12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, STRUCTURE, MAIN ROTOR SYS
Casualties = 02 WIA, 01 KIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
KHE SAHN recovered the helicopter.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNOF, 70306, CH46, TWIX, NSC (Naval Safety Center. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. )

Crew Members:
P CPT LOONEY PAUL THOMAS KIA
CP ROOTS JC

War Story:
Sources have indicated to the VHPA that this was the aircraft and event where in CPT Looney died. The VHPA is very interested in learning more about this event

This record was last updated on 05/25/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: CPT Paul Thomas Looney
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/10/67 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.9
Date of Birth: 06/10/41
Home City: Shelburne Falls, MA
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-164
Prior Unit: HMM-262 67
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 19E-084
Short Summary: Supporting an out numbered reconnaissance team 13 km NW of Khe Sanh. Three crew members WIA. Co-pilot was LT John C. Roots who survived
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 151923
Service number: 089775
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 7562
Primary cause: Wounds
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 04
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 09/23/99

Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 151923
Date: 07/21/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0500 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: ENGINE, STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNOF, 70436, JSIDR, TWIX, NSC (Naval Safety Center. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )


Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 151923
Date: 08/03/67 MIA-POW file reference number: 0784
Incident number: 67080310.KIA
Unit: HMM-164
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Troop Extraction , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on Take-Off at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Vietnam unspecified
UTM grid coordinates: YC545820
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (MINE)
The helicopter was hit in the Aft area
Systems damaged were: HYDRAULIC SYS, PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Destroyed by friendly forces
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. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: 0784, LNOF, 70453, BOING, CH46, TWIX, NSC (Naval Safety Center. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. )
Loss to Inventory
Crew: GOPP, THOMAS ALAN;

Crew Members:
CE CPL GOPP THOMAS ALAN BNR

Passengers:
LCP NAHAN JOHN BENEDICT III, MC, PX, BNR; LCP WOLPE JACK, MC, PX, BNR;

REFNO Synopsis:
In early August, 1967, a nine-man team from A Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division began a night reconnaissance patrol in the A Shau Valley that was spotted by a Montagnard tribal woman and child, who alerted a nearby North Vietnamese unit. North Vietnamese troops slowly surrounded the Marine patrol and another that had joined it, trapping them for two days in hopes of luring a helicopter rescue. The following day (August 3), the first of two helicopters arrived and loaded some men from the patrols, but was hit by a bazooka shell and crashed during takeoff. The pilot was killed by small-arms fire. The nine passengers were believed to have perished, but all of their bodies could not be recovered because of hostile fire. John Nahan and Jack Wolpe were passengers aboard the aircraft. They were two of the A Company Reconnaissance patrol. Thomas Gopp was crewchief of the helicopter. James McGrath was a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman attached to H & S Company accompanying the Recon team. These four were listed as Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR). Information from the POW Network

This record was last updated on 09/20/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: CPL Thomas Alan Gopp
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 08/03/67 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.4
Date of Birth: 03/15/47
Home City: New London, OH
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-164
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 24E-072
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 151923
Service number: 2137321
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 6332 = Aircraft Electronic Systems Technician A-4/TA-4/OA-4
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
This record was last updated on 07/25/94


Name: LCP John Benedict Nahan III
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 08/03/67 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 06/20/45
Home City: Allegan, MI
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 24E-073
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 151923
Service number: 2202009
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0311 = Rifleman
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 01/01/94


Name: LCP Jack Wolpe
Status: Body Not Recovered from an incident on 08/03/67 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 25.5
Date of Birth: 01/15/42
Home City: Newburgh, NY
Service: regular component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 24E-075
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 151923
Service number: 2133011
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0311 = Rifleman
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Jewish
This record was last updated on 01/01/94

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter CH-46A tail number 151923
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 HMM164 HMM-164          VIETNAM                     VI


Please send additions or corrections to:

VHPA Head Quarters or Gary Roush or Mike Law


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