Leon Gordon Chadwick, III

VMO-6, MAG-36, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
02 April 1940 - 14 November 1966
Raleigh, NC
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Silver Star

Naval Aviator

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

The database page for Leon Gordon Chadwick, III

20 May 2000

by a childhood friend and classmate,

Hunter George
1 Apr 2004

Gordon Chadwick and I were in the same Sunday School group at Hayes Barton Methodist Church in Raleigh, as was his sister Rebecca (Becky). At one point, there was an older boy in the Sunday School class who tended to pick on me a bit. He also happened to be a friend of Gordon's. I went to Gordon and let him know about my problem with his friend and he went to the boy and let him know he was not to pick on me any more. That's all it took. We were also schoolmates at Needham Broughton High School. Gordon was very active in Boy Scouts, a true Scout leader of Scout Troop 48, it later became Troop 348. He was an Eagle Scout, and a member of The Order of the Arrow. One summer, during a thunderstorm at Camp Durant Scout Camp, a camper was struck by lightning and Gordon rushed to administer artificial respiration, using the then accepted method of pressing the back and raising the elbows. In spite of Gordon's efforts to save him the camper did not recover.

I was in Washington, DC, years later and went to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and looked Gordon up in one of the thick Memorial directories and found and touched his name where it was chiseled into the black marble. Whenever I see closeup pictures of The Wall in print or on television, I always search for Gordon's name. Even if I don't see it there I know that it will forever be on THE WALL, a reminder of the price he paid for his country.

From a friend,
Dennis Martin

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Three men from VMO-6 died on 14 November 1966 when their UH-1E (BuNo 151873) was shot down while conducting a strafing run:
  • Capt Leon G. Chadwick, Raleigh, NC, pilot (Silver Star)
  • Sgt Daniel M. Bennett, Boynton Beach, FL, aircrewman
  • Cpl Rodolfo M. Gonzalez, Harlingen, TX, aircrewman
Captain Chadwick was awarded a posthumous Silver Star for an action two weeks earlier, on 31 October 1966.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Hunter George
30 May 2000

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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