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Tony (#47235247)
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To know where you are going, you have to know where you came from.
Behind each gravestone is a story that needs
to be told.

My goal is create Virtual Cemeteries of Marines that served with the various companies of 2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.
That each Virtual Cemetery will include the company name and every Marine that died in Vietnam,listed with the company they served.That each Marine will include a short bio where possible,or as information is being gathered.
If anyone knows,or has info related to any of my Marines,please forward it to me.You are welcome to add any photos of that Marine that you may have.
Also,I will accept memorial transfers of Marines that served with the various companies that you made have and would like to transfer to me.
A big thank-you to those of you who have kindly transferred memorials to me and taken photos.Very much appreciated.
Served in Vietnam during 1969 with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.
Echo 2/3 website.www.echo23marines

Since I have come across several soldiers that served in the Army and died in Vietnam without bios, I have decided to attempt and work on those Army memorials as I come across them. They deserve to be remembered.

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RE: Captain WD Kennedy

Here is a bit of info from my file. I never knew/met my Mother's oldest brother, the family knew him as "Danny". He was married, and left a widow and son.

William Daniel Kennedy, III
b. 06 Jun 1945, m. 30 Jul 1966, d. 29 Nov 1070
Known as "Danny", he served in Vietnam. Danny was killed in a plane crash

Rank Captain
Service Army
Component Regular
Unit Name 1 Field Force
Occupation Nuclear Weapons Employment
Specialist, Fa Unit Commander

Pay Grade O03

Casualty Information
Operation Vietnam Conflict
Operation Location Southeast Asia
Month Record Processed December 1970
Casualty Category Accident
Casualty Reason Aircraft Crash
Casualty City Ninh Thuan
Casualty Country South Vietnam
Body Recovered Yes
Posthumous Promotion Not Posthumously Promoted

CPT Kennedy was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam and served with Battery A, 6th Battalion, 32nd Artillery.
He died in an Air Force C-123 that crashed into a mountain on take-off leg in fog and rain en-route to Cam Ranh Bay.

- See more at:

The following note comes from V. J. Fairbrother, Jr. USAF (Retired)
Day of Remembrance, November 29th, 1970
Thirty Seven Years ago this day in Vietnam, a C
-123K, 54-0649, Flight Bookie 540, on a routine milk run (passenger) mission from Phan Rang to Cam Rahn Bay crashed into a Mountain Ridge 14 Miles outside Cam Rahn Bay. On board that aircraft were 44 people, 32 U.S. Military and 12 South Vietnamese. The crash site was located a week later, on December 5th, by U.S. Army Rangers and South Vietnamese Rangers. There were only two survivors, myself and Sgt Gary Aldredge. For some unknown reason we survived
the crash, our injuries, and having no food or water for seven days.
The Day of Remembrance is for those 30 American Servicemen who died that morning and to their families. I have not forgotten and neither has Gary. I have been to the Wall many times. I have touched each and every name of those men killed that day. You will forever be in my thoughts.
Those Men:
U.S. Air Force Crew losses: (profiles on USAF
Capt. Cecil Moyer, Pilot/Crew
Capt. Norbert Podhajsky, Crew
1LT James Saxby, Crew
SSgt Grayson Newberry, Crew
SSgt Harry Watson, Crew
U.S. Air Forcenon
crew losses: (all profiled on USAF TWS)
1LT Elmon C. Caudill
1LT Jon King
1LT Charles L. Kollenberg
Sgt Ronald C. Teschandorf
Sgt Billie Jack Hogan
MSgt B. Seay
TSgt Robert B. Johnson
SSgt James C. Starnes
SSgt Ralph S. Guck
SGT J. Stubblefield
A1C James B. Young
U.S. Army losses: (all profiled on Army TWS)
Capt William D. Kennedy
Capt Robert J. Polniak
CW2 Franklin D. Defenbaugh
Sgt Raymond H. Gray
Sgt Joseph C. Blackwell
SP4 Jack R. Gibbs
SP4 Samuel A. Grayson, III
SP4 Charles A. Johnson, III
SP4 Donald A. Slate
SP4 George Beedy
SP4 Ronald R. Greenhouse
PFC Joseph A. Jacques
PFC Arthur J. Menn
Pvt. Gary Anderson
Diary Excerpt from the Ben H. Swett Colonel USAF (Retired) who was involved in the search
Sun 29 Nov - Bookie 540 [tail number 54-0649] crashed today at 0820, 15 miles south of Cam Ranh Bay. There were 44 people aboard, including 14 U.S. on their way to catch their freedom bird. I flew 2.2 with the "Walt" FAC (O-2) looking for Bookie 102.
Didn't find them. Bill Pantle flew the second sortie with the FAC. Didn't find them. At the
bar that night, some idiot said, "Why are you and Bill busting your humps flying with the FAC? They're probably all dead anyway." I blew my top: "Look, Mac, if it's you laying out there in the weeds all busted, what're you thinking?" He said, "I guess I'm hoping somebody's coming to get me." I said, "Right! That's why Bill and I are looking for them. We've got to keep the faith." He put his head down and nodded.

Mon 30 Nov - Stood by all day to search for Bookie 102 and 540. Total of 123 people,
38 U.S. Weather in the hills was impossible. No use losing another bird. But hard waiting. Glad to hear that Dusty Rhodes wasn't on Bookie 540. [He had finished his tour and was going to Cam Ranh Bay to catch his freedom bird. As he was walking out to Bookie 540 a friend of his said "Why don't you come and ride with me?" so he changed aircraft at the last minute.]

Fri 4 Dec - Packing and clearing. Bookie 540 was found today on a mountain south of Cam Ranh Bay at 2600 feet. GCA operator flew him into the mountain -- 5 nautical mile radar range error. There were two VN survivors, found making their way West toward the highway, no American survivors.
[37 years later, I learned there were two
American survivors. They were found the next day, 5 December, at the crash site.]"

Also, my Mother's youngest brother, Joseph Stephen Kennedy, shares a headstone/marker with Danny.
I attended Joe's memorial service at the Arlington National Cemetery in 2012. They replaced Danny's original headstone with one that has Danny's info on one side, and Joe's info on the other. Joe enlisted in the Army and served on Active duty for 4 years, then attended University, graduated and returned to the Army, where he attained the grade of Major.

Thanks for your efforts to remember those that have served and sacrificed for our Country.

Added by JR on Jan 16, 2017 9:42 PM
RE: Captain WD Kennedy
Thanks Tony,

I will work on a short bio - and send your way.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Added by JR on Dec 31, 2016 1:25 PM
Vada L. Long
PVT Ransom Lee Stuck
I have transfer this memorial over to you. I think what you are doing is great. My father was with the 4th Marines in Vietnam from 65 to 66. He was lucky and came home. My cousin Kenneth Perry was a Marine with the 26th marine regiment, 1st battalion, he was KIA on Jan 3rd 1970. I worked with the VVMF to add a photo of all the soldiers who had been KIA from my County. These young men should never be forgotten. Thanks again for what you do.
Added by Vada L. Long on Dec 26, 2016 9:20 PM
RE: PFC William L Mathis
You are very welcome.
Added by jimmy on Dec 24, 2016 11:52 AM
A Horan
RE: Sgt Raymond H Gray
You're very welcome for the photos. It was sad to see that his three children perished together a few years after he was KIA.

Thank you for your message, and have a good holiday!
Added by A Horan on Dec 23, 2016 11:04 AM
Larry Luna
Ernest Abeyta
The plot information for Ernest is incomplete. There should be a Section, designated by a letter and a Tier or lot number. But most likely a tier based on the 100 for the grave number you gave. If you can call the cemetery and get the complete plot information I will get the photo for you!

Added by Larry Luna on Dec 15, 2016 3:05 PM
RE: Sgt Daniel E Nye
You're welcome!
Added by Schnee on Dec 13, 2016 6:52 AM
RE: Cpl Kowaski
You are welcome. I see you were waiting quite awhile for your request. Glad I was able to find him for you.
Added by RAP on Dec 10, 2016 8:00 PM
Thanks Tony! Semper Fi Marine!
Will get you requested info ASAP Tomy!
Thanks...You have my phone number..
Added by Dan on Nov 25, 2016 11:12 AM
Dan Brodt
Please Contact Dept of Army
I am an archivist/researcher for the DoArmy Military Records and need to privately email you concerning Clarence Edward Washington's military records. There seems to be a major discrepency.
Added by Dan Brodt on Nov 25, 2016 9:44 AM
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