|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1939|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1962, Vietnam|
In Memory of ..... CPL Thomas Edward Anderson.
*** Thomas Edward Anderson, Corporal Unit: Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 Corporal Anderson was a member of the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163, Marine Air Group 16, 1st Marine Air Wing. On October 6, 1962, he was a crew member of a Sikorsky Seahorse Utility Helicopter (UH-34D) over Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, 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!
THOMAS EDWARD ANDERSON - Marine Corps - CPL - E4
Date of Birth Jul 27, 1939 - Born in Seattle, Washington
From: SPENARD, AK
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Louis Anderson and Mother, Mrs. Jinnie Marie Lange,of N. E., Seattle. Sister, Patricia Marie Beattly.
MOS:6481: Avionics Technician
Length Service: 04 years
Unit:HMM-163, MAG-16, 1ST MAW, FMFPAC
Length of service 4 years
His tour began on Oct 6, 1962
Casualty was on Oct 6, 1962
In QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered
Panel 01E - Line 12
Other Personnel in Incident: Crew Members:
CP 1LT TUNNEY MICHAEL JOSEPH KIA
CE CPL ANDERSON THOMAS EDWARD BNR
P 1LT SINNOTT WILLIAM T WIA
1LT GRIFFIN GERALD CHARLES
SGT HAMILTON RICHARD ELMER
HM2 NORTON GERALD OWEN
SGT PENDELL JERALD WAYNE
LCP VALENTIN MIGUEL ANGEL JR
Corporal Anderson was a member of the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163, Marine Air Group 16, 1st Marine Air Wing.
On October 6, 1962, he was a crew member of a Sikorsky Seahorse Utility Helicopter over Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, when his aircraft crashed due to mechanical failure, killing him.
His remains were not recovered.
The official USMC history in a chapter titled SHUFLY Moves North states that the most serious incident recorded during the early operations in I Corps ironically resulted from mechanical failure rather than VC fire.
It occurred when a search and rescue helicopter crashed and burned on a hillside 15 miles southeast of Tam Ky while covering a 20-plane helilift of 2d ARVN Division elements.
This helicopter carried several mechanics and Navy medical personnel and was equipped with a hoist.
Unable to land near the downed aircraft because of the thick jungle, other helicopters landed troops at the base of the hill with instructions to proceed to the crash site on foot.
When the Vietnamese soldiers reached the downed aircraft after cutting their way through dense vegetation, they found the copilot, crew chief, and five other members of the task unit dead.
The pilot, 1LT William T. Sinnott, who was injured seriously, was hoisted through the trees and evacuated by an HUS which came to the rescue.
The five Marines killed in the crash were 1LT Tunney, SGT Hamilton, SGT Pendell, CPL Anderson, LCPL Valentin. Two Navy
personnel, LT Griffin, a doctor, and Hospitalman Norton were also dead.
These were the first deaths suffered by Marine Task Unit 79.5 since deploying to Vietnam
Comments on Incident:
SAR Mission covering ARVN trooplift. Crashed due to mechanical failure. 1/Lt William T. Sinnott, Aircraft Commander, survived crash with serious injuries. LOSS COORDINATES: N15 22 18 E108 38 34 Dept. of Navy Report of Casualty x96 Valentin Jr, L/Cpl M.A.: Died 6Oct62 southeast of DaNang South Vietnam result of burns and multiple injuries sustained while passenger in government helicopter which crashed.
ANDERSON THOMAS EDWARD USMCR CPL SPENARD AK Air Loss Crash Land body NOT recovered Quang Nam (DaNang)
GRIFFIN GERALD CHARLES USNR LT Flt Surgeon OMAHA NE Passenger body recovered
HAMILTON RICHARD ELMER USMCR SGT ALBUQUERQUE NM Crew body recovered
NORTON GERALD OWEN USNR HM2 23 MOULTON IA Passenger - Corpsman body recovered
PENDELL JERALD WAYNE USMCR SGT MACOMB IL Passenger body recovered Quang Nam (DaNang) married
TUNNEY MICHAEL JOSEPH USMC 1stLT 26 ALEXANDRIA LA Copilot body recovered Quang Nam (DaNang) married
VALENTIN MIGUEL ANGEL JR USMCR LCPL ROCKAWAY BEACH NY Passenger body recovered Quang Nam (DaNang)single
Note: Looking for hometown location of his Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61388025