Michael Alfred CunnionPrivate First Class
E CO, 2ND BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
07 April 1945 - 15 July 1966
Mount Vernon, New York
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The database page for Michael Alfred Cunnion
Dear Mike, Just a little note to let you know that you are not forgotten. A fine football and baseball player and an even greater man. Those who knew you were made richer. We enjoy our freedom thanks to heroes like you.
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 15 July 1966 an aerial assault was conducted into Landing Zone Crow, about 5 miles northeast of the Rockpile in Quang Tri Province. Since LZ Crow was marginally large enough to hold four CH-46s at a time, the 24-ship assault force was divided into six sections of four aircraft each. The first two sections landed witout incident. One CH-46 from the third section landed long into a tree line but came to rest outside the LZ area. Disaster struck the fifth section when the rotor disks of two CH-46s overlapped causing severe damage to both aircraft and killing two Marines on the ground.
A CH-46A (tail number 152500) from HMM-265 was detailed to carry a reaction force to guard the three downed CH-46s at LZ Crow. According to an official USMC source
"At 1815, while inserting a reaction company to guard the three CH-46s in LZ Crow, HMM-265's EP-171, ... was hit at 1,500 feet by 12.7mm fire. Photos taken from the ground show smoke coming from the cockpit windows and flames from the rear of the aircraft. When they tried landing on Crow, smoke filled the cockpit so no one could see. They overshot the LZ and crashed ..."
Fifteen men died in the crash:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 May 2008
Last updated 06/02/2008