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           Birth Date:  January 10, 1944

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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:  Agawam, 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: August 9, 1967

Major Command:  Fleet Marine Force, Pacific               

Air Assignment:

Air Wing:  9th Marine Amphibious Brigade  

Air Group:  Marine Air Group 15                   

Squadron:  HMM-165

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Casualty Date:  May 5, 1968

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Casualty Age:  24

Casualty Data 1: Hostile, Died                      

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 152531 

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

Body Recovered:  Yes


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Agawamís Fallen Casualty Order:  1st

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  55E  Line Number:  7

Helicopter CH-46A 152531

Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 152531
Date: 05/05/68
Incident number: 68050565.KIA
Unit: HMM-165
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at 0020 feet and 020 knots.
South Vietnam
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
Casualties = 03 INJ . .
The helicopter Continued Flight. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Ultimate crash and burn - aircraft is capable of sustaining flight for a limited time after the incident, but finally results in crash and burn
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, NSC, CASRP, CH46, KIAMAIN (Naval Safety Center. Operations Report. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: CPT Edward Walter Connelly, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/05/68 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.3
Date of Birth: 01/10/44
Home City: Agawam, MA
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Unit: HMM-165
Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
The Wall location: 55E-007
Short Summary: Died during a medevac mission when his helicopter crashed and burned after receiving ground fire.
Aircraft: CH-46A tail number 152531
Service number: 093033
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 7562
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Started Tour: 08/09/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Quang Tri 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 06/29/97

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter CH-46A tail number 152531
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
6805   0    0 HMM165 HMM-165          VIETNAM                     VS

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