Stephen P HansonMajor
HMM-165, MAG-36, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
04 January 1940 - 04 October 1974
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REMEMBEREDby Dale Debord
I have recently received an MIA bracelet and searched this site to learn more about Major Stephen P. Hanson. It makes me feel honored to wear this bracelet to his honor and to honor the memory of all those who have given it all. If any one has more information on Major Hanson I would like to hear from you. Please email me.
From MIA bracelet,
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 02 June 1967 USMC and VNAF helicopters inserted a "Hatchet Force" company into Laos about 15 miles west of the A Shau Valley - but there was a problem. The Hatchet Force troops had been inserted virtually on top of an NVA Regimental base camp and found themselves in a stand-off situation, possessed of enough firepower to avoid being overrun but without enough force to break out or to defeat the enemy. On 03 June helicopters were were dispatched from Khe Sanh to extract the friendlies.
Five US CH-46 aircraft were involved in the mission. They successfully flew in and loaded American and South Vietnamese troops, but two of the aircraft went down after take-off. One of the two, CH-46A BuNo 150955, carried
The troops waiting at the LZ could not search because of the hostile threat in the area, but three troops from the aircraft were able to return to the LZ. Air searches located the survivors of the crash, but they could not be evacuated. The troops remaining at the LZ were extracted the following day.
None of the Americans aboard the aircraft were recovered at once. SFC Wilklow did evade capture and was rescued by US forces several days later. LCpl Frank Cius was captured by the NVA and released in 1973; during his debrief he told U.S. military investigators that he last saw Captain Hanson still strapped in the cockpit.
Captain Hanson's remains were repatriated in 1999 and identified in August 2000.
Additional details are available on the
A number of American and ARVN troops were killed and captured in this incident. The American dead from Hanson's aircraft included
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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