|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1947|
San Bernardino County
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1965, Hong Kong|
PFC Backen #2127638
MOS:7011 Expeditionary Airfield Systems
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
Ardell Lorraine Okerland Keaster (1926 - 2015)
Roger Lew Backen (____ - 1990)*
Dennis Donald Backen (1947 - 1965)
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Maintained by: Tony
Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65922256