James Newton Sweet

First Lieutenant
HMM-161, MAG-39, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
08 September 1945 - 17 October 1968
South Lima, New York
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Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Newton Sweet

11 Feb 2007

Jim was an antique car enthusiast and owned and restored a 1931 Chevy. Jim graduated from Livonia Central School in 1963 and from Alfred Technical College in 1965. Jim always wanted to be a pilot. Jim was my brother and my best friend and I miss him a lot.

From his brother,
Michael Sweet

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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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Feb 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009