Dennis William PetersonLieutenant
HS-2 DET, USS CONSTELLATION
United States Navy
28 June 1939 - 19 July 1967
Huntington Park, CA
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The database page for Dennis William Peterson
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 18 July 1967 Attack Squadron 164 flying from USS ORISKANY lost three aircraft as a result of a strike against the Co Trai road and railway bridge:
LCdr Hartman wasn't making out as well as his squadronmates. He avoided immediate capture by evading into a jungled-covered karst hill, where he established and maintained radio conatct with the SAR forces - but intense hostile fire in the area kept the SAR helos from picking him up. The next morning, 19 June, saw the SAR effort renewed. An SH-3A helicopter (BuNo 151538) was bought in after fixed-wing aircraft worked over the AAA sites, but the SH-3A was hit by ground fire and crashed, killing the four men aboard:
The remains of three of the SH-3A crewmen were repatriated in late 1982, but Dennis Peterson has not yet come home.
There is some confusion with respect to which carrier Peterson, Frye, Jackson, and McGrane called home.
The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association and Hobson's "Vietnam Air Losses" report that SH-3A 151538 was flying from USS HORNET, while the POW Network says it was based aboard USS ORISKANY - but they both are wrong.
According to Navy records, USS ORISKANY had a detachment from HC-1 aboard, flying UH-2A and UH-2B aircraft, while USS HORNET (an anti-submarine warfare carrier) had an HS-2 detachment with SH-3As. However, the same records indicate that SH-3A BuNo 151538 actually was based aboard and that morning flew from USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64).
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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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