Bruce Edward Kane

HML-367, MAG-36, 1ST MAW, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
07 July 1949 - 09 August 1969
Deer Park, New York
Panel 20W Line 119

USMC Combat Aircrew

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

The database page for Bruce Edward Kane

04 Nov 2005

Bruce Kane. I served as well as you in Vietnam in 1968. I knew you and your family from High School, and your sister and I were good friends. May you rest in peace, my brother.

If I should die in a combat zone,
Box me up and sent me home,
Fold my hands across my chest,
And tell my mom I did my best.

Semper Fi

A friend from Deer Park, NY,
Rogers Alexandre Cpl USMC
37 Dancingridge Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

09 Nov 2005

From my Watchfires '99...

And last I told Bruce Kane, whose MIA bracelet has resided in my shadow box for more years then I can remember, that even though I never got to meet him, he will always be remembered.

Semper fidelis...

From a fellow Marine,
Sal Latina
27 Covered Bridge Drive, Hawley, Pa. 18428

Notes from The Virtual Wall

Four men of Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 367 went down when their UH-1E (BuNo 155339) was hit by enemy fire in the vicinity of the SVN/Laotian border northwest of the Rockpile: Major Hill was flight lead for several helicopters conducting an emergency extraction mission in Laos. The aircraft was making an approach to a 3,400 foot ridge when it received intense automatic weapons fire. With the engine failing, the pilot commenced autorotation for a valley floor. Passing thru about 1500 feet, a severe explosion occurred and the cabin and cockpit were immediately engulfed in flames. Major Hill headed the aircraft for a pool in a mountain river, landing in water estimated to be twelve feet deep with a current so swift that the aircraft was immediately pulled backwards and rolled inverted in the water. Major Hill exited the aircraft and made it ashore.

Cpl Kane had jumped from the aircraft just prior to water impact and made it ashore. However, as Hill came to surface the first time, he saw Cpl Kane re-enter the water to assist the remaining crew members. Major Hill and LCpl Dean were rescued by a "Kingbee" H-34 piloted by Captain Dai Uy Ahn (VNAF 219 Squadron). Captain Ahn air taxied 100 yards in an attempt to recover of the bodies of the apparently dead crewmembers but was forced from the area by enemy small arms fire.

The HMM-367 SCARFACE web site has two pages on this incident, including photographs taken from an accompanying AH-1G COBRA which show 155339 going down in flames - see their "Janousek Down" and "Janousek/Kane" pages.

From VHPA and USMC Vietnam Helicopter Association data

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend from Deer Park, N Y,
Rogers Alexandre Cpl USMC
37 Dancingridge Road, East Stroudsburg, Pa 18301
04 Nov 2005

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