Bruce Alan PankuchPrivate First Class
HMM-364, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
31 March 1946 - 07 June 1969
Middleburg Heights, OH
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The database page for Bruce Alan Pankuch
17 Aug 2003
Two men died on 07 June 1969 when CH-46A BuNo 153397 sufferred a hydraulic system failure while lifting off from Landing Zone Eagle (Hill 364):
Bruce Pankuch, 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
continue to support today's Purple Foxes of HMM-364 as they serve our country.
A memorial initiated by the
Mission NotesCH-46A BuNo 153397 was on a routine resupply run to Landing Zone Eagle about five miles northwest of DaNang. The crew consisted of 1stLt Carmine A. Casciano, pilot in command; Major John C. Archbold, copilot; PFC Bruce A. Pankuch, crew chief; and LCpl J. D. Mills, gunner. As the aircraft departed, the pilot radioed that they had hydraulic system problems and that he was going to attempt a controlled landing. He didn't make it; the CH-46 turned 180 degrees, pitched down, crashed nose-first into the side of the mountain, burst into flames, and rolled down the 60 to 70 degree slope.
As noted above, Archbold and Pankuch died in the crash.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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