Warren Leigh Dempsey

HMM-364, MAG-36, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
03 March 1940 - 03 December 1965
Church Rock, NM
Panel 03E Line 122

1ST MAW H-34 HMM-364
USMC Combat Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Warren L Dempsey

The database page for Warren Leigh Dempsey

21 Jul 2003

On 03 Dec 1965 four men from HMM-364 died when their UH-34D (BuNo 148762) was shot down:

These men, and the other Purple Foxes who served in Vietnam, are remembered by the women who waited at home, whether mothers, sisters, daughters, or friends. Those women, the

Purple Foxy Ladies
Purple Foxy Ladies

continue to support today's Purple Foxes of HMM-364 as they serve our country.

the Purple Foxes

on-line or go to our unit page
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A memorial initiated by the
Purple Foxy Ladies

Mission Notes

On 03 Dec 1965, a flight of 6 UH-34s from HMM-364 were tasked with carrying ARVN troops to an outpost at Hiep Duc, just west of Tan Ky. The lead aircraft, UH-34D BuNo 148762 carried a crew of four and nine ARVN soldiers. Another pilot in the flight recalls what happened:
"We tried to go in as high as possible, though we were limited by somewhat low ceilings, which may have placed us approximately 2000 feet above ground level. The flight was in normal cruise when we reached the vicinity of UTM grid coordinates BY031273 where the Viet Cong fired on us with time delay fused mortars. Unfortunately Capt. Riley's aircraft received a direct hit in the belly, where the fuel tanks were located, and they never stood a chance. Capt. Riley tried desperately to get the aircraft on the ground, but it was burning so fiercely he appeared to lose control and the aircraft rolled inverted and crashed. No one survived"
Kenneth L. Gross, Major USMC (Ret)
All thirteen men aboard died in the crash: The remains of Captain Kirk, Corporal Dempsey, and Corporal White were recovered and identified, but the remains of 1st Lt Johnson could not be individually identified and he still is carried as "Body not Recovered".

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
HMM-364 and the Purple Foxy Ladies,
Frank Gulledge, point man
21 Jul 2003

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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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