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PFC Dennis Donald Backen

PFC Dennis Donald Backen

Birth
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Death 24 Aug 1965 (aged 18)
Hong Kong
Burial Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 65922256 · View Source
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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
Marine Air Wing.
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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  • Maintained by: Tony
  • Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
  • Added: 20 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65922256
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Dennis Donald Backen (8 Aug 1947–24 Aug 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65922256, citing Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Tony (contributor 47235247) .