Gerald Dwain Angelley

Chief Hospital Corpsman
HMM-263, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Navy
17 December 1930 - 19 April 1969
Los Angeles, CA
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Gerald D Angelley
March 1953, Camp Pendleton, California.

USN FMF Corpsman

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

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Gerald Dwain Angelley,
Chief Hospital Corpsman, United States Navy,
was buried on 15 May 1969 in Plot P1583,
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery,
Point Loma, San Diego County, California,
surrounded by other men of honor and integrity.

The Batchelor Enlisted Quarters,
Naval Station San Diego,
is named Angelley Hall.

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Six men of HMM-263 died when their CH-46 (BuNo 154835) crashed after taking extensive hostile file:
  • MAJ Bernard Reinhold Terhorst, pilot
  • CAPT Robert Dotson Huie, Jr, copilot
  • HMC Gerald Dwain Angelley, USN Corpsman
  • CPL Gaylen Ray Gallion
  • LCPL Arthur Franklin Henderson
  • LCPL Theodore S Rolstad
The crew was attempting a penetration MEDEVAC when the aircraft came under heavy fire, taking multiple hits which damaged both hydraulic systems. One system bled out immediately, while the other gradually bled down over a brief period. The crew attempted to get to suitable runway, with the aircraft becoming less and less controllable as the #2 hydraulics bled away. Major Terhorst was going to try to roll it on at the Thuong Duc Special Forces camp dirt runway, but a CARIBOU aircraft was sitting in the middle of the runway. Attempts to raise the camp or the CARIBOU by radio were unsuccessful before the crew lost control of the CH-46D. The aircraft rolled inverted, crashed, and burned. There were no survivors.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)