Charles Henry Meeks, Jr

HMM-364, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
15 March 1946 - 11 April 1969
Los Angeles, CA
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Combat Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Henry Meeks, Jr

13 Jul 2003

On 11 April 1969, a CH-46A, BuNo 153332, of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 was conducting a routine flight when without warning it broke up in midair and crashed, killing the four crewmen aboard:

After the wreckage was recovered and examined, it was determined that the cause was a catastrophic blade failure - one of the three forward rotor blades failed due to metal fatigue. When the one blade failed it produced enormous unbalanced load conditions on the forward rotor head and forward transmission causing them to be literally torn from the aircraft. During this disintegration process, some of the debris impacted the aft rotor system and pylon and it too was torn from the helicopter.

These four men, and the other Purple Foxes who served in Vietnam, are remembered by the women who waited at home, whether mothers, sisters, daughters, or friends. Those women, the

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