Robert Michael Cheek
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
Wolcottville, Indiana
June 21, 1948 to October 17, 1968
ROBERT M CHEEK is on the Wall at Panel W41, Line 68

Combat Aircrew
Robert M Cheek
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08 Mar 2003



by his comrades in the
USMC Vietnam Helicopter Association

Placed by a fellow Marine,
George T Curtis
MGySgt, USMC (Ret)


A Note from The Virtual Wall

The HMM-161 Command Chronology contains the following entries:
"17 Oct 68: 1 aircraft missing in marginal weather at last known position was YD0437, time 1855H."

"18 Oct 68: The missing aircraft since 161855H [sic] was located at 1130H position YD042374. The aircraft was believed to have hit ridge line in clouds and rain showers with 6 persons on board receiving fatal injuries."

while the Air Group 39 Chronology contains
"17 October 1968. On a medevac mission in mountainous terrain, the CH-46 Med-evac aircraft went inadvertently IFR and crashed. The wreckage was not located until the following day due to weather."
CH-46D BuNo 154794 crashed on a ridgeline about 12 kilometers southeast of Ca Lu. The six men who died were
  • HMM-161, MAG-39
    • Capt Joseph L. Powell, Alexandria, VA, copilot
    • 1stLt James N. Sweet, South Lima, NY, pilot
    • Cpl John R. Ferrazzano, New Hyde Park, NY, aircrewman
    • LCpl Robert M. Cheek, Wolcottville, IN, crew chief
    • LCpl William D. Frantz, Schuylkill Haven, PA, gunner

  • H&MS-39, MAG-39

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