|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1947|
Le Flore County
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 1969|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
US Marine Corps
HMM-161, MAG-39, 1ST MAW
6320 Aircraft CNE/Weapon/DECM Systems Tech
Location on The Wall - Panel 23W Line 116
On 02 Jun 1969 a CH-46D from HMM-161 (BuNo 153970) was shot down east of Khe Sanh; the aircraft crashed and burned. One crewman, Navy Corpsman HM2 Michael Cavanagh, was killed in the crash; a second, Cpl Donald Akins, died of injuries a week later on 09 Jun 1969.
Below courtesy of Milton A. Stephens # 47430557
Donald Wayne Akins, Cpl, USMC, attached to Marine Medium Helocopter Squadron 161, was Crew Chief aboard a U.S. Marine Corps helocopter (CH-46D) Sea Knight #153970 on a Rescue and Recovery mission east of Khe Sanh, South Vietnam on June 2, 1969. The helo was in a Pick-Up zone hovering at 75 feet, 000 knots making an attempt to medivac wounded Marines who were actively engaged with the ememy.
The helo was hit with Small Arms/Automatic Weapons damaging the engine and the hydraulic/control systems, resulting in a crash. The helo then exploded and burned. Donald was seriously wounded and was medivaced to a U.S. Navy Hospital ship in Japan where he died on June 9, 1969.
Another crew member, Navy Corpsman Michael Howard Cavanagh, HM2, USNR, from Coos Bay, Oregon died at the scene and two other Marines on the ground were killed.
As one high school friend stated about Donald, "There was no better friend a person could have. Think of him all the time. He was very athletic, earning All Conference as a fullback on the football team and as a guard on the basketball team. He was the first person I met when I moved to Sallisaw, Ok. for my Jr. year. We became friends immediately and our friendship lasted forever. He was somewhat of a daredevil-not afraid to try anything.
He was the oldest of four children of Carl and Reeda Akins, with a younger sister, Judy, and brother's Marty and David.
***Sources the above include:
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.
Carl M. Akins (1930 - 1995)
Spiro City Cemetery
Le Flore County
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