John Clark Hurst

VMFA-115, MAG 13, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
30 July 1941 - 13 July 1968
Lufkin, Texas
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Naval Aviator

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

The database page for John Clark Hurst

01 Sep 2004

I have worn this gentleman's POW/MIA bracelet from the time I was 13 years old. This is a form of remembrance from his POW/MIA bracelet wearer.


23 Feb 2006

I wear John's bracelet, too.

You will never be forgotten.

Jodi A. Sweere

14 Oct 2006

I have had Capt. Hurst's MIA bracelet since 1990.
Never Forget.

Troy Pierce

05 Mar 2007

I have 1LT Leonard A. Bird's bracelet. I bought it when I was ten years old at an air show at Davis-Monthan AFB. I just found it again today, I am a 26 year old teacher. I shared the bracelet with the kids at my school and they encouraged me to "google" the name. I am very sorry that this man was lost. I will keep this bracelet and never forget what I have read. I would love more information on this man if anyone happens to have any. Please email me at zonagirlie at hotmail. Thank you.


15 Jun 2007

I got a bracelet with Captain Hurst's name on it in 1992. I will always keep it to remind me of the sacrifice he made. I have also seen his name on the Wall. That bracelet helped me make the decision to join the Corps. If there is a family member of his who would like to have that bracelet, I would give it up for them. Semper Fi.

Jarrod B. Henson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 13 July 1968 Capt John C. Hurst, pilot, and 1stLt Leonard A. Bird, radar intercept officer, of VMFA-115 at Chu Lai were conducting a close air support mission about 10 miles south of Khe Sanh in F-4B BuNo 150650. The F-4 was hit by ground fire during its second pass at the target, burst into flames, and crashed before either crewman could escape the aircraft. Because the aircraft was under observation from the time it was hit until ground impact the two men were declared killed in action. Their bodies have not been recovered.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Sep 2004
Last updated 01/29/2008