|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1932|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1969|
Quang Nam, Vietnam
US Marine Corps MSGT Allen Thomas Elder Jr, Vietnam Veteran and Native of Arlington, Texas.
US Marine Corps Master Sergeant Allen Thomas Elder Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, MSG Elder served our country until November 1st, 1969 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 37 years old and was married. It was reported that Allen died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. Allen was born on August 20th, 1932 in Arlington, Texas. MSG Elder is on panel 16W, line 012 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 16 years.
Although it has been 37 years since you left us, there isn't a day that goes by that you are not thought of and remembered. My own children know their grandfather from the stories that have been told. Many people, as well as myself, need to thank you for giving us the freedom we have, so thanks Dad for giving so much to us. You are gone but never forgotten. I love you! Your daughter, Bonnie Robbins.
On the night of 01 Nov 1969 a CH-53A (BuNo 152394) from HMH-361 was flying a night medevac standby mission. While awaiting a call, the pilots took turns flying instrument approaches to Marble Mountain Air Facility. While on approach at 1400 feet, with copilot 1stLt Jeffrey T. Hansen at the controls, there was an explosion aboard the aircraft, followed shortly after by a second explosion and fire. The aircraft lost its hydraulic systems, making it uncontrollable, and it crashed offshore Marble Mountain. Only one of the five men aboard escaped the sinking wreckage; although severely injured, he managed to stay afloat until a USAF HH-43 SAR helo picked him up.
He served as a Master Sergeant with HMH-361, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps, Vietnam.
He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal with Multiple Devices and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.
Shoko Elder (1935 - 2014)*
New Bern National Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 9 Site 7392
Maintained by: Tom Reece
Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 618685