George Mark StevensonPrivate First Class
VMO-2, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
14 March 1946 - 28 March 1967
Little Rock, Arkansas
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The database page for George Mark Stevenson
From the VMO-2 Squadron Command Chronology, 28 March 1967:
"UH-1E (BuNo 152419) on recon flight of Dong Ha TAOR was stuck by an undetermined number of .50 cal and small arms fire in cockpit and cabin area, incapacitating pilot and flight surgeon [observer], causing aircraft to enter uncontrolled flight and inverted nose-down attitude. Aircraft exploded on impact at YD 195625, and fire resulted. Fire caused 2.75" rockets and 7.62 mm machine gun ammunition to explode, preventing crew of chase aircraft from assisting crew. As a result, the pilot, flight surgeon, crew chief and gunner were killed."Comments on Incident:
Shot down by 50-cal during perimeter sweep of Dong Ha - flying at 50 feet altitude in evening. Aircraft exploded on impact, inverted. N. Shinnick was flying chase as copilot with MAG-16 CO.
Four men died in this incident:
Informal photo taken in Dong Ha, shortly before his death, by Bob Stone, USMC.
Formal photos provided by Pfc Stevenson's family.
Courtesy of Jim McIlhenney, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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