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LCpl Robert Joseph Kuzmanko
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Birth: Sep. 23, 1944
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1965
Kai Tak, Hong Kong

US Marine Corps
Vietnam Veteran


Location on The Wall - Panel 09E Line 100

When the Marines arrived in Vietnam in force a "rest and recuperation" program was established which permitted assigned Marines and sailors to take a few days' leave in various out-of-country locations - Hong Kong, Bangkok, the Philippines, and so on.

On 25 Aug 1965 a KC-130 (BuNo 149802) belonging to VMGR-152 was scheduled to bring 65 passengers back from Hong Kong. As the aircraft took off from Kai Tak airport it veered off the runway, struck a sea wall, and crashed in Kowloon Bay. Twelve of the 71 men on board survived the crash; 59 did not.

Major Arnold
Dennis D Backen
George A Bell
Narciso Bertomen
Gordon H Blexrudee
Harold J Brazen
Joseph Brunelle
Cecil W Burton
Terry A Chase
Joseph A Clancy
Thomas M Crow
Ronald L Davis
Harold V Dayringer
Maarten DeGroot
Carroll E Fankhauser
Joseph A Ford
Jerry L Gerry
James A Gilford
Frank A Given
Barry N Hambleton
Donald D Hansen
Lonnie D Hartsock
Kelly K Heinze
Gerald V Johnson
Richard L Jossendal
Robert J Kuzmanko
Dahl J La Porte
John W Lake
Jack B Leaf
Dennis R Martin
James Massey
Harry C McCartney
Ricardo Mesa
John S Michel
Edward J Monahan
Grat G Myers
David C Ney
James B OKane
Warren W Pfefferle
John T Povey
Ronald L Powell
Felix Rodriquez
John P Roland
Paul E Rudeen
Ronald L Runkel
Jerry J Sanders
Richard Smith
William K Shoup
Otha T Thompson
James J Votava
Roland L Wafford
Richard F Wallace
Donald R Wiest
Richard A Willis

***Sources for the above include:
2. Leatherneck Magazine
3. The National Archives
4. Together We Served (
5. The Virtual Wall (
used with permission
6. The Wall (

Plus a variety of volunteers and people interested in preserving the memory of these men and women.

Maintained by: Tony
Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65896038

- Love Always, Renee
 Added: Mar. 26, 2015
Not forgotten.Semper Fi,
- Tony
 Added: Feb. 26, 2015

- Sharon
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