John Bertram Becker

Corporal, United States Marine Corps

HML-167, MAG-16, 1ST MAW, 1ST MAW

From Cold Spring-highland Hts, Kentucky

13 February 1946 - 27 August 1968

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John Bertram Becker is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Panel 46W Line 037 .

14 Jan 2006

"Sloop" John B. and I went through Avionics School at Naval Air Station Millington, Tennessee, in 1966-'67. We then were stationed at MCAS New River until getting orders to Vietnam in the Fall of '67.

J.B. was to serve with HML-167 and I was with H&MS-16 at the Marble Mountain Air Facility.

We were devastated when we learned he was shot down. John was a great guy and friend.

I'm 60 now, J.B. ... Still crazy after all these years!

Stay young forever for all of us, J.B.!!

Semper Fi!
Paul O. Hunt
Sergeant, USMC, 2215630

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 27 August 1968 an HML-167 gunship (UH-1E 151880) on a "Firefly" mission was hit by enemy fire. The crew reported they were streaming fuel, then the aircraft exploded and crashed. Three crewmen were killed in the crash and one severely injured. They were
  • Capt John H. Key, pilot (rescued);
  • Capt Arthur L. Stockburger, Livingston, MT, copilot;
  • Cpl John B. Becker, Cold Spring-Highland Hts, KY, gunner; and
  • Pfc James D. Wagstaff, Harpursville, NY, crew chief.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Paul O. Hunt

The database page for John Bertram Becker

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           14 Jan 2006
           Last updated 01/20/2006