Randall Paul Manela

United States Marine Corps
14 May 1951 - 18 November 1970
Eugene, OR
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Randall Paul Manela

12 Dec 2003

My father, Sergeant James A. Drummond, named me after Randall.

Randall P. Drummond

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In mid-November 1970 a recon team from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion got in trouble while on patrol: their Corpsman broke his leg, necessitating that the team be extracted. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 was tasked with extracting them, a task that turned out to be impossible for two days.

On the third day, in CH-46D (BuNo 154837), the HMM-263 crew succeeded in picking up the eight-man team - but all fifteen men aboard the CH-46 died when it collided with a mountainside after the extraction. Three of the crewmen were from HMM-263, two from H&MS-16; the Commanding Officer of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion was aboard, as well as the extracted team.

  • Aircrew:
    • 1LT Orville C. Rogers, Dallas, TX; pilot, HMM-263
    • 1LT James E. Stolz, Hicksville, NY; copilot, HMM-263
    • SGT Robert A. Donnell, Clymer, NY; crew chief, HMM-263
    • CPL Enver Bajin, College Point, NY; gunner, H&MS-16
    • LCPL Richard R. Buttry, Anaheim, CA; gunner, H&MS-16

  • 1st Recon Battalion:
    • LTC William G. Leftwich, Germantown, TN; CO, 1st Recon
    • 1LT Cleveland R. Harvey, Alexandria, VA; B Co
    • HM2 Russell G. Daniels, Phoenix, AZ; B Co
    • CPL Randall P. Manela, Eugene, OR; B Co
    • CPL John F. Stockman, Marcus Hook, PA; B Co
    • CPL Fernando Villasana, El Paso, TX; B Co
    • LCPL David V. Delozier, Altoona, PA; B Co
    • LCPL Gary D. Hudson, Joplin, MO; B Co
    • LCPL Charles A. Pope, Independence, MO; B Co
    • LCPL Robert E. Tucker, Abbyville, KS; B Co

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