Snead, Douglas Lee, LtCol

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary MOS
7521-Pilot F4-B
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 1st MAW
Service Years
1946 - 1969

Lieutenant Colonel


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Cpl Nathan Raines (BUD) to remember Marine LtCol Douglas Lee Snead.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Newport News
Last Address
Newport News

Casualty Date
Dec 28, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Peninsula Memorial Park - Newport News, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15W 105

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1946, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
Aircraft Engineering Squadron 42 (AES-42)H&MS-13, MAG-131st MAW
  1946-1947, Aircraft Engineering Squadron 42 (AES-42)
  1969-1970, H&MS-13, MAG-13
  1969-1970, 1st MAW
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended
Randolph-Macon CollegeUnited States Naval Academy
  1947-1949, Randolph-Macon College
  1949-1953, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 28 December 1969, Lt. Col. Snead was the pilot of a miltary transport aircraft, an R-4D (a Douglas C-117D aka C-47) (BuNo 17284). The "Hummer" (BuNo 17284) was flying in the clouds west of Chu Lai air base, training for night conditions, and crashed into top of a mountain killing all four crewmen. A later investigation showed the maps of the area has the peak they hit was plotted on their knee maps as 1000' less than it's actual elevation.

Those lost:
Lt. Col Douglas Snead, pilot, H&MS-13, MAG-13, 1st MAW, 3rd MAF
Capt Donald J. Berger, copilot, MABS-13, MAG-13, 1st MAW, 3rd MAF [formerly of HMM-163]
Sgt. WIlliam L. Bunch, crew chief, H&MS-13, MAG-13, 1st MAW, 3rd MAF 691228
Cpl. Ronald F. Liscum, radio operator, H&MS-13, MAG-13, 1st MAW, 3rd MAF  
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