John Thomas McDaniel

HMM-364, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
12 February 1949 - 27 July 1969
Clarksville, Indiana
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USMC Combat Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
John T McDaniel

The database page for John Thomas McDaniel

30 Aug 2003

John Thomas McDaniel, and the other Purple Foxes who served in Vietnam, are remembered by the women who waited at home, whether mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, or friends. Those women, the

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continue to support today's Purple Foxes of HMM-364 as they serve our country.

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A memorial initiated by the
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06 Aug 2006

I did not know this young Marine personally but I want to thank him for the sacrifice he gave so that people like myself can live in peace. Thank you, my friend, and may you forever have peace for yourself.

From some one who appreciates the sacrifice the Marine made,
Harold McCoy and family

Notes from The Virtual Wall

The HMM-364 Command Chronology states
"On 27 July 1969 at 1530 hours, 17 miles SW of Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, RVN. Crew of YK-10 (bureau number 154018) of HMM-364 flying on an emergency medevac mission. Upon departure from the pick-up zone the aircraft received intense small arms fire and automatic fire. Aircraft impacted uncontrollably, exploded and burned. Aircraft consumed by fire. All crew and passengers were killed. Eleven lives were lost."
Eye witnesses to the crash indicated it probably was due to both hydraulic boost systems being shot out which rendered the aircraft uncontrollable. The known American dead were While the Command Chronology states that "eleven lives were lost" the casualty database shows only nine Americans lost in the incident. The HMM-364 site indicates that one prisoner was aboard; on another site Robert Garcia states that he "was bumped off [the helicopter] because our wounded and the POW's took priority." It therefore seems certain that both the tenth and eleventh casualties were prisoners.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 31 Aug 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009