Michael Barry Judd

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
United States Navy
22 August 1945 - 30 June 1967
Cleveland, Ohio
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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03 Nov 2006

I have worn the bracelet of Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer Third Class M. B. Judd since I myself was a Third Class. Although Michael was killed in Vietnam long before I was born, knowing the ultimate sacrifice he and his family endured has made my combat deployments and tough decisions in the Navy much more bearable. As I focus on the Navy's core values of honor, courage, and commitment, I always consider his sacrifice. Although I only know the little about him that I have read, his sacrifice has helped develop me into the leader that I am today and I hope improved the Sailors in my charge. I thank him and wish him eternal happiness and although his location on the world at this time known but only by God, I pray that, he continues to look over me and the shipmates that serve in this Navy today. May he rest in peace and Never Be Forgotten.

Joshua M Davis

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On 30 June 1967 a recon team from Alpha 3rd Recon Battalion was being inserted by a CH-46A (BuNo 152515) from HMM-265 . The Landing Zone was worked over by fixed wing aircraft before the insertion, but as the CH-46 neared the ground it came under heavy fire. The crew attempted to climb out but the helicopter was hit by an anti-tank round which ruptured fuel lines, resulting in a massive in-flight fire. As the pilot attempted to put down on a nearby ridge which appeared to be free of enemy forces, the CH-46 broke up with the aft section falling away. The forward portion of the aircraft came down about two-thirds of the way up the side of the ridge, impacting in and then falling through the triple-canopy jungle. All the survivors, who were picked up just ahead of enemy forces climbing the ridge, were from the forward section.

Five Marines were not recovered from the downed aircraft. One survivor, Lance Corporal Dennis M. Perry, A/3 Recon, died on 02 July 67 of injuries received. The missing men were

  • Capt John Alexander House II, Aircraft Commander, HMM-265
  • HM3 Michael Barry Judd, Corpsman, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
  • Cpl Glyn Linal Runnels Jr, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
  • LCpl Merlin Raye Allen, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
  • LCpl John D. Killen, A Co, 3rd Recon Bn
Their remains have not been recovered.

One of the survivors, patrol leader Sergeant Eugene Castaneda, returned to duty and was killed in action on 12 August 1967.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Nov 2006
Last updated 11/13/2010