John Raymond FerrazzanoCorporal
HMM-161, MAG-39, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
17 February 1946 - 17 October 1968
New Hyde Park, New York
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I remember you as smiling, always a cheerful guy. You made friends easily and you were well liked. I remember the time you asked us to walk with you to upper levels of the Port Authority in New York. I didn't blame you. I wouldn't have wanted to make that walk alone at that time of night either. That was right after we graduated from Lakehurst Flight Equipment school.
The last time I saw you was at Quang Tri and you were anxious to start flying as a door gunner on CH-46 helicopters. We chatted for a while and wished each other luck. I never saw you again. I wish I had taken the time to know you better. You were one of the good guys. I know Walt, John, Melvin, Billy, Mitch and I all thought so. And, I know like me, you've been in their thoughts all these years too.
You were truly a good Marine and a good human being. You'll never be forgotten.
Semper Fi, buddy.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 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."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
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Dec 2007
Last updated 12/10/2007