Manuel Reyes Denton

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
HMM-361, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Navy
18 June 1941 - 08 October 1963
Kerrville, Texas
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Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Manuel Reyes Denton

23 Jun 2002

I have adopted Denton as my POW/MIA.

Manuel R. Denton

Lance Corporal Luther E. Ritchey, Jr. and Hospital Corpsman Third Class Manuel Reyes Denton were assigned to HMM 361, Marine Air Group 16, stationed at Danang Air Base.

On October 8, 1963, the two were crewmen aboard a Marine UH-34D helicopter conducting a search mission for a downed friendly aircraft.

Denton and Ritchey's aircraft crashed some 43 miles west of Da Nang, South Vietnam in mountainous jungle terrain, in what was then hostile territory.

The exact cause of the accident is unknown although Joint Casualty Resolution Center had some evidence that an air collision occurred prior to the aircraft crashing.

Denton and Ritchey were initially placed in a casualty status of Missing and later changed to Reported Dead.

Additional information is on Lance Corporal Ritchey's memorial.

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Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.

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one who remembers,
Kathy Stanley 
23 Jun 2002

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