John Christopher Archbold

HMM-364, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
17 October 1929 - 07 June 1969
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Naval Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Christopher Archbold

17 Aug 2003

Two men died on 07 June 1969 when CH-46A BuNo 153397 suffered a hydraulic system failure while lifting off from Landing Zone Eagle (Hill 364):

John Archbold, and the other Purple Foxes who served in Vietnam, are remembered by the women who waited at home, whether mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, or friends. Those women, the

Purple Foxy Ladies
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continue to support today's Purple Foxes of HMM-364 as they serve our country.

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Mission Notes

CH-46A BuNo 153397 was on a routine resupply run to Landing Zone Eagle about five miles northwest of DaNang. The crew consisted of 1stLt Carmine A. Casciano, pilot in command; Major John C. Archbold, copilot; PFC Bruce A. Pankuch, crew chief; and LCpl J. D. Mills, gunner. As the aircraft departed, the pilot radioed that they had hydraulic system problems and that he was going to attempt a controlled landing. He didn't make it; the CH-46 turned 180 degrees, pitched down, crashed nose-first into the side of the mountain, burst into flames, and rolled down the 60 to 70 degree slope.

As noted above, Archbold and Pankuch died in the crash.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
HMM-364 and the Purple Foxy Ladies,
Frank Gulledge, Point Man

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Aug 2003
Last updated 05/28/2006