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PFC Dennis Donald Backen
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1947
San Bernardino
San Bernardino County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1965, Hong Kong

PFC Backen #2127638
MOS:7011 Expeditionary Airfield Systems
Technician.

Dennis arrived in Vietnam 1 September 1964
and was assigned to MABS-11,MAG-11,1ST MAW.
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 24 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.
Dennis died 16 days after his 18th birthday.
Survived by his mother,Ardell Lorraiane Keaster..

His name was added to the Vietnam WALL on
November 1983.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Ardell Lorraine Okerland Keaster (1926 - 2015)
 
 Sibling:
  Roger Lew Backen (____ - 1990)*
  Dennis Donald Backen (1947 - 1965)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Tony
Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65922256
PFC Dennis Donald Backen
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PFC Dennis Donald Backen
Added by: Sunny
 
PFC Dennis Donald Backen
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- Tony
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