|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1949|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1970, Laos|
In Memory of SGT. Harry Truman Wilson.
**** Sergeant Wilson was a member of the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Marine Air Group 16, 1st Marine Air Wing. On June 4, 1970, he was flying in a Boeing Sea Knight Cargo Helicopter (CH-46D) over Xekong, Laos, when his aircraft crashed killing him. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
HARRY TRUMAN WILSON - Marine Corps - SGT - E5
Sgt. Harry Truman Wilson 463781394/ 6132 USMC was from Grand Prairie, Texas.
He was born on Jan 17, 1949. He arrived in Vietnam on Nov 24, 1969.
He was 21 years old at the time of his death.. He died on June 4, 1970 in Laos. He was the Crew Chief of CH-46D 153403 which took heavy fire while on a recon extract and crashed in the landing zone.
He died in the crash. His body was not recovered. His aircraft commander had major injuries, and the other crewmen all had minor injuries.
He was not married. His religion was Protestant.
His race is officially listed as Caucasian.
He had two year's service at the time of his death.
From: GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
Marital Status: Single
***** (Picture)He was a loving son, brother, and uncle. His remains are still in southeastern Laos.
He is my brother
***** (Picture of Headstone)Thank you to everyone who has posted notes for Harry. He is my uncle and will always be loved and missed by our family. We still have contact from time to time from the Marines stating they are still trying to recover his remains. You notes are a blessing.
Thank you to his fellow marines for your service and dedication and remembering Harry always!
Thinking of you!
***** Hi Eddieb,
Thank you so much for continuing to keep Harry's memory alive. I am sorry that I did not receive your email about Harry's marker and reply sooner. His marker is at Laural Land, Dallas, TX. I have the actual site and will be glad to pull the details and send your way.
We have been blessed to be invited to Washington,DC the last few years to meet with Veteran Affairs regarding Harry. We are hoping they will be able to escavate the crash site in the next few years and praying they will bring his remains home to us!!!
We have also been invited to attend a dinner with his platoon and can't wait to attend in August.
Thank you again for everything you do!
Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Jun 4, 1970
Casualty was on Jun 4, 1970
In LZ, LAOS
HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered
Panel 09W - Line 11
Other Personnel in Incident: unknown
As I remember the flight was some sort of insertion or resupply. "The LZ was what we called a two wheel zone. In other words there wasn't room to land the helicopter, you could only set the main gear down and had to hover the nose of the aircraft while you loaded or unloaded people/cargo.
This LZ was reportedly on a hillside so they not only were short on room but they had to back the aircraft into the landing area.
While they were in the LZ there was reported ground fire and there was also a wind condition. As they were backing into the LZ, Harry was looking out the right rear emergency exit clearing the rear of the aircraft when the nose pitched up and the aft main rotors struck the hillside.
When the rotors struck the hill the aircraft broke in two. The forward portion slid several yards down the hill where the pilot and gunners escaped.
Harry was reportedly pinned under the right rear stub wing and his body was not able to be recovered at the time.
From Garry D. Marsh
***** Find A Grave contributor RHONDA C. POYNTER has sponsored the memorial for Harry Wilson. (Thank you Rhonda.. Eddieb)
Laurel Land Memorial Park
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61721862