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PFC David Zavala Balades
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1947
Ventura County
California, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 1968
Quang Tri, Vietnam

US Marine Corps
Vietnam Veteran


Location on The Wall - Panel 41E Line 058

PFC David Balades, a passenger, was one of 23 men who died when a CH-46D (BuNo 153360) of HMM-262 was shot down.

Crew Members of HMM 262:
Major Edwin G Meixner
Capt Robert L Sevell
Sgt Robert W McCabe
Sgt John P Toth
Cpl Alfredo Benigni
Cpl Danny "D" Gard
LCpl John A Thotland

Capt John P Ellis
Capt Jay W Stull
BU1 Charles O Spillman
Sgt James H Mikels
Sgt Charles E Parsons
Cpl Kenneth R Bradley
Cpl Robert E Caldwell
Cpl Donald N Cooper
Cpl Ronald L Dempsey
Cpl William O Turner
LCpl Ronald S H Christman
LCpl Kyle J Coles
LCpl Matthew M Dwyer Jr
PFC Emmett C Stanton
Obituary courtesy of Tony

Tony also suggested the change in how many went down on that chopper.
David enlisted in the Marines 25 December 1967,in Los Angeles,CA.

Upon arriving in Vietnam 28 February 1968,he was assigned to H&s Company,3rd Shore Party Battalion,3rd Marine Division.

David died when he was a passenger on board a CH46D helicopter enroute to Khe Sanh Airfield,on a recovery mission when the helicopter was downed by heavy hostile weapons fire and exploded on impact with the ground,about 12 kilometers north northeast of Khe Sanh Airfield.David served his country for two years.

Survived by his wife;Carol L Balades,and two sons;David E and Daniel R Balades.His parenst;Marcelino & Aurora Balades,all of Oxnard,CA.

Santa Clara Cemetery
Ventura County
California, USA
Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Oct 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43737849
PFC David Zavala Balades
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PFC David Zavala Balades
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May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Jul. 20, 2013
Remembered.Semper Fi,
- Tony
 Added: Jan. 1, 2013
Forget Me Not Flowers left in memory of PFC Balades.Not forgotten.Semper Fi,
- Tony
 Added: Oct. 16, 2011
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