Donald Wayne Akins

HMM-161, MAG-39, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
12 October 1947 - 09 June 1969
Spiro, Oklahoma
Panel 23W Line 116

1ST MAW CH-46 HMM-161
Combat Aircrew

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

The database page for Donald Wayne Akins

21 Feb 2005


A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 02 Jun 1969 a CH-46D from HMM-161 (BuNo 153970) was shot down east of Khe Sanh; the aircraft crashed and burned. One crewman, Navy Corpsman HM2 Michael Cavanagh, was killed in the crash; a second, Cpl Donald Akins, died of injuries a week later on 09 Jun 1969.

Additional information is available on the Pop-A-Smoke site.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
George Curtis
MGySgt USMC (Ret) 
21 Feb 2005

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Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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