Alderman, James Muriel, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
1391-Bulk Fuel Specialist
Last MOSGroup
Engineer, Construction And Equipment
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1391, MABS-16
Service Years
1969 - 1969

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1949
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Binghamton
Last Address
Binghamton

Casualty Date
Dec 28, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Spring Forest Cemetery - Binghamton, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15W 101

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMarine Corps Engineer Association (MCEA)
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]1
  2008, Marine Corps Engineer Association (MCEA) [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
MABS-16
  1969-1969, 1391, MABS-16
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
CH-46D HIT NUI HOI MOUNTAIN 2 KM WEST OF HAI VAN PASS HELIPORT (NIGHT IFR CONDITIONS) 19691228
UTM grid reference is AT916914
CH-46D 153379



Final Mission of PFC James M. Alderman
Posted on 10/31/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
On December 28, 1969, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A (tail number 153379) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) was returning from Phu Bai and had filed an IFR flight plan. They were experiencing radio problems and were cleared at 5,000 feet mean sea level (MSL), but read back and flew the flight at 3,000 feet MSL. Da Nang Approach Control made numerous attempts to alert the crew to their mistake and transmitted on all UHF frequencies at their disposal, including Guard, with transmissions such as, "Turn left, you have a mountain at your 12 o'clock, distance 2 miles!" The crew never responded and flew into Hai-Van Pass under instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and impacted the terrain. All aboard were killed instantly. The crew members included aircraft commander 1LT Charles K. Butler, co-pilot 1LT William P. Higgins, crew chief SSGT Robert R. Swain, and gunner PFC William L. Beadnell. The passengers were PFC James M. Alderman, CTC Robert S. Gates, LCPL James H. Pence, LCPL Leslie L. Shelton, MGYS Edward R. Storm, and SSGT Richard D. Walsh.
   
Comments/Citation
Service number 2558120/109429305
Tour start date 10/16/1969


 
   
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