Charles Lee PeddyPrivate First Class
HMM-364, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
23 August 1948 - 26 January 1969
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The database page for Charles Lee Peddy
22 Jul 2003
At about 3 AM on the morning of 26 Jan 1969 two CH-46s launched from Marble Mountain on an emergency medevac mission. The pick-up aircraft, CH-46D BuNo 153997, was crewed by
The chase aircraft, piloted by 1st Lt Don Robbins, attempted to lower crewman LCpl Curtis P. Knox to the crash site to check for survivors, but when the jungle penetrator cable was fully extended Knox was still 50 feet above the ground. Robbins abandoned the attempt, only to find that the hoist retract was inoperable and Knox could not be hoisted aboard. Knox dangled below the CH-46D while Robbins flew six miles to the nearest secure landing zone, where he gently lowered his aircraft until Knox was safely on the ground.
PFC Peddy, who was scheduled to leave Vietnam the next day, had volunteered for the flight in order to assist two new crewmen - LCpl Dolan, who had just arrived in country, and LCpl Hannibal, who had recently transferred from the H&MS-16 avionics shop. The photo, poor as it is, is the last one taken of PFC Peddy - on 25 Jan, the day before his death.
These seven men, 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
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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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