Daniel Paul Marlowe

Staff Sergeant
United States Air Force
14 August 1928 - 04 October 1966
San Antonio, Texas
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02 Sep 2002

I first met Daniel at Kelly AFB in 1950. Like a lot of other servicemen I called him by his last name. He was in Transit Alert as a civilian and I was an enlisted airman. I saw him daily for over two years.

We later crossed paths in 1957 through 1959 (I believe) at Bergstrom AFB. Marlowe was a crew chief on T-33s and I was a crew chief on C-119s. We didn�t get to work together much as he worked jets while I worked reciprocating engines. We did get to eat in the same mess hall for lunch and occasionally ate together.

Years later, when I was in training at Andrews AFB, I heard of Marlowe�s death.

When I think of the ultimate sacrifice that he made for his country and the loss that his friends and family endured, I have nothing but respect and admiration for this airman. While we were not especially close, I have deep feelings knowing that one of my fellow servicemen followed orders and obeyed his country�s call to do his duty even if it meant giving his all. I salute you.

From a friend and fellow airman.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The C-7 "Caribou" light transport was an Army aircraft, but early in the war a decision was taken to transfer them to the Air Force. The Army's six Caribou companies were matched up with an equal number of temporary Air Force squadrons, and the two groups worked together until the Air Force flight and maintenance crews were ready to stand on their own. The Army's 17th Aviation Company was paired with the Air Force's 6252nd Operations Squadron.

On 04 October 1966 C-7B CARIBOU tail number 63-9751 crashed into Hon Cong Mountain near An Khe Air Base, Binh Dinh Province. Thirteen men died in the crash:

  • Flight crew:
    • Capt Francis H. Bissaillon, Williamstown, MA, 6252 Opns Sqdn, 7th AF
    • Capt David O. Webster, Phoenix, AZ, 6252 Opns Sqdn, 7th AF
    • SSgt Daniel P. Marlowe, San Antonio, TX, 6252 Opns Sqdn, 7th AF
    • SP4 John T. Bird, Summit, NJ, 17th Avn Co, 1 Cav Div

  • Passengers:
    • CPT Johnnie L. Daniel, Johnston, SC, HHC, 1st Bde, 1 Cav Div
    • 1LT Kenneth W. West, Jacksonville, FL, B Btry, 2nd Bn, 19th Artillery
    • SFC Armando Ramos, Santurce, PR, A Co, 13th Sig Bn, 1 Cav Div
    • SSG Richard M. Prociv, Salt Lake City, UT, HHC, 1st Bde, 1 Cav Div
    • SGT Homer L. Pickett, Oklahoma City, OK, B Btry, 1st Bn, 21st Artillery
    • PFC James G. Litts, Bushkill, PA, HHC, 8th Eng Bn
    • PFC Henry L. Creek, Dallas, TX, HHC, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • PFC Ronald E. Lewis, Chicago, IL, B Co, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry
    • PFC Donald A. Smith, Royal Oak, MI, A Co, 5th Bn, 7th Cavalry
Oddly, the three Air Force personnel are coded as hostile deaths, while the Army personnel are coded as non-hostile. There is no known evidence that the crash was due to hostile fire.

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