Howard Bert Waldron

Master Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
18 May 1926 - 06 March 1968
Coeur D Alene, Idaho
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Korean Service, Vietnam Service, UN Service, RoK Service, RVN Campaign

The database page for Howard Bert Waldron

10 Feb 2001

Our "Uncle Tuff" is missed to this day. Your brother passed after you but did so with thoughts about you. I did my thesis on the incident where you were lost to us. I remember you well.

Semper Fi!

A memorial initiated by a nephew,
Dennis Waldron

23 Aug 2003

Even though I never knew my father, I feel that he is with me every day and I love him and miss him very much.

Candace Marie Waldron-Brown
4314 North Crestline, Spokane, WA 99207

26 Apr 2006

I know your son, "Howard" and his two children, Beth and Sam. In fact Sam was just sitting on my lap a few minutes ago. I am sure that you would have been a fine grandfather to them. They are the best niece and nephew that I could ever have.

Tim Biglow
Brentwood, Ca

05 May 2006

I never knew my father, but I have heard many stories about him. I too followed in his footsteps and joined the Marines on 8/10/84 and stayed in until 2/29/92. Although I miss my father I also know that he has been with me every step of my life. I also know that one day I will get to meet him. For everyone who visits this site - Please let it be a reminder of those we have lost and always keep them and my father close to our hearts. I know I will.

Howard B. Waldron, Jr.
422 S Chatham Circle Apt B, Anahiem, Ca 92806

27 Oct 2006


This is your granddaughter Danielle ... I kinda wish I got to know you ... Grandma tells me so much about you and how you were such an awesome father and husband ... like Uncle Spooky said, I know you are watching over us especially Mom and the fact that she has cancer. She wishes that she could have gotten to know you too and she loves you very much ... the whole family loves you ... and I know one day I will get to meet you ... and it will be the greastest day of my life.

Love you always,
your granddaughter,
Danielle Waldron

Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 06 March 1968, a C-123K PROVIDER, tail number 54-0590, was conducting a personnel transport mission from Danang to the besieged combat base at Khe Sanh. The aircraft carried a crew of four and a number of passengers.

On arrival, the C-123 was forced into a go-around situation after a small plane landed in front of it. During the go-around the C-123 was hit in the right turbine by enemy ground fire and crashed in flames outside the defensive perimeter.

Due to enemy action, the crash site could not be reached until 25 March 1968, when Echo Company 2/3 Marines located the wreckage. Search parties went back on 26 April, 24 June, and 3 July, and on each occasion recovered human remains, dog tags and other identification. The remaining wreckage was demolished prior to the departure of the last search party.

Only 19 of the men aboard could be individually identified, and no evidence of two men known to be aboard could be found amongst the recovered material. The remains of the individually unidentified men were buried at Jefferson Barracks near Saint Louis. Master Sergeant Waldron is one of these men.

Further information and the names of those who died in the crash are available on our memorial page at C-123 Down!

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Feb 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009