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PFC Dennis Donald Backen
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1947
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1965
Kai Tak, Hong Kong

US Marine Corps
Vietnam Veteran

MABS-11, MAG-11, 1ST MAW, III MAF
7011: EXPEDITIONARY AIRFIELD SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN

Location on The Wall - Panel 05E - Line 34


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:
1. www.Ancestry.com
2. Leatherneck Magazine
3. The National Archives
4. Together We Served (http://marines.togetherweserved.com/)
5. The Virtual Wall (www.virtualwall.org)
used with permission
6. The Wall (http://thewall-usa.com/)

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

 
 
Burial:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65922256
PFC Dennis Donald Backen
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Added by: Mike Valeanu
 
 
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- wings214
 Added: Aug. 24, 2014

- Sharon
 Added: May. 5, 2014
DENNIS D BACKEN is on the Wall at Panel 5E, Line 34. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Jan. 25, 2014
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