Thomas Michael HanrattyPrivate First Class
HMM-265, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
19 June 1946 - 11 June 1967
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REMEMBEREDby one who wears his MIA bracelet.
You were the Crew Chief on the CH-46 when it crashed.
From a friend,
I was named after this person. My father and his brother both named their first-born male child after him - me Thomas and Uncle Dan's son Michael. May the Lord bless this man.
From a cousin,
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 11 June 1967 a reconnaissance team from the 3rd Force Recon Company was scheduled for insertion into position on the southern border of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) four kilometers north of Hill 208 and 900 meters west of Hill 174, both well known NVA positions.
The insertion force consisted of two CH-46As from HMM-265 and two UH-1E gunships from VMO-2. The lead CH-46A (BuNo 150270) carried four crewmen and seven men of the recon team:
"transitioned to landing speed, in almost slow motion his nose rose, then rose more sharply, then climbed toward the vertical. Then the aircraft rolled inverted, split S, and dived down and exploded."Trimble's recollection is that there was no evident enemy action and that the likely cause was mechanical failure.
The crash was not survivable. The enemy presence in the area prohibited recovery of the bodies at the time, and as of 30 May 2002 their remains have not been repatriated.
NotesThe POW Network page contains the statement that
"Machinegunmen had been waiting for the opportune time to fire on the aircraft. Portions of the rear blades were seen to separate from the aircraft and a radio transmission was received from the aircraft indicating that it had been hit."and the Task Force Omega page states that "Capt. Bohlscheid radioed that they had been hit by machinegun fire".
No source is given for these statements, which contradict Trimble's recollection that there was no observed enemy fire or radio call stating that the aircraft had been hit.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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