Gary Dale Tracy

HMM-161, MAG-16, 3RD MAF
United States Marine Corps
14 September 1936 - 06 June 1965
Limestone, Maine
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USMC Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Gary D Tracy

The database page for Gary Dale Tracy

24 Jan 2003

If you served with Gary, please contact me.

Semper Fidelis

George T. Curtis
Master Gunnery Sergeant
USMC Retired 66-91
(now deceased)

06 Jun 2006

I miss you so much, Daddy.
Every day I wish you were here.
Love your daughter, Cindy Sue

Cindy Sue Tracy Ignacio
Kansas City, Missouri 64117

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On 07 May 1965, U. S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade began landing near Chu Lai. HMM-161 was one of the helicopter squadrons which supported the initial landings. Initially embarked in USS PRINCETON (LPH-5), HMM-161 shifted to USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) which remained offshore Chu Lai until 07 June 1965 in order to support the Regimental Landing Team ashore.

On 06 June 1965, two HMM-161 UH-34 helicopters launched from USS IWO JIMA for a pre-dawn search and rescue mission, but the two helicopters apparently collided in mid-air at 0510 and both fell into the sea. Eight Marines were killed in the accident:

  • In UH-34D BuNo 148791
    • 1stLt Gerald Otto McKay, pilot
    • 1stLt Nicolaus August Doeden, copilot
    • Cpl Gary Dale Tracy, crewman
    • Pfc Curtis Lamarr Foster, crewman

  • In UH-34D BuNo 148820
    • Capt Paul Francis McNally, pilot
    • 1stLt Allen Conrad Hertz, copilot
    • Cpl Frank Willard Wilson, crewman
    • LCpl Carl Edward McBee, crewman
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Jan 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009