Kennith Wayne Wheeler

HMM-262, MAG-39, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
20 December 1945 - 10 May 1969
Brownwood, Texas
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Silver Star

USMC Combat Aircrew

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

The database page for Kennith Wayne Wheeler

23 Feb 2003

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

From his sister,
Nelle Coursey

Notes from The Virtual Wall

Six Marines died on 10 May 1969 when a CH-46 (BuNo 152560) of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 went down while making a combat assault landing at what became FSB Erskine:
  • From HMM-262:
    • Cpl Peter Gibson, Gunner
    • Cpl Kennith Wayne Wheeler, Crew Chief

  • From Bravo Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marines:
The HMM-262 Command Chronology for the date of his death contains the following information:
"HMM-262 launched an 8 A/C (aircraft) assault lifting troops of First Battalion Ninth Marines, into Landing Zone Erskine located at YD-162106 (UTM grid coordinates). Small-arms fire was received by one of the A/C while in the zone during the first wave, yet no hits were taken. On the second wave, 93-8 (aircraft mission number) while approaching the zone had a power loss, fell short of the zone, crashed and burned. The pilot, copilot, and one gunner, Major Whitfield, 1/Lt P. J. Traube, and L/Cpl J. W. Stewart, received minor injuries. However the crew chief and second gunner, Cpl K. W. Wheeler and Cpl P. Gibson (H&MS-39) received fatal injuries ... "
One of the Marines injured in the crash, Pfc Daniel J. Giordano of Hi-Nella, New Jersey, died from his injuries on 18 May after being evacuated to Japan.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Feb 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009