Young, Gary Norman, HN

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Primary Unit
1969-1969, HM-8404, HMM-364
Service Years
1967 - 1969



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by HM3 Neale Turner (DocT) to remember Marine HN Gary Norman Young.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33W 083

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUSMC Combat Helicopter & Tiltrotor Association (PopASmoke)
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2015, USMC Combat Helicopter & Tiltrotor Association (PopASmoke) [Verified]

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FMF Warfare Specialist
Combat Air Crew

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, Navy Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), ?
 Unit Assignments
Hospital Corps SchoolUS Navy/Navy Recruit Training Center - San DiegoField Medical Service SchoolMAG-11
MABS-161st MAWHMM-364
  1967-1967, HM-8404, Hospital Corps School
  1967-1967, US Navy/Navy Recruit Training Center - San Diego
  1967-1968, HM-8404, Field Medical Service School
  1968-1969, HM-8404, MAG-11
  1969-1969, HM-8404, MABS-16
  1969-1969, HM-8404, 1st MAW
  1969-1969, HM-8404, HMM-364
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Two CH-46D Sea Knight helicopters had been flying medevac missions throughout the day. On their 8th mission, they were called into "Arizona Territory" for a "routine" medevac (Map coordinates AT820561). Swift 1-1 was piloted by Captain Ernie Bartolina and Swift 1-2 piloted by Lt. Dick Hardin with Captain Bartolina being the lead.

The information from the ground unit was that they had not had any fire or enemy contact at their position and were not likely to. However, it turned out that there were many of them there. A crew member from the wing man chopper thought most of them were in a nearby "FRIENDLY" village and just to the right of the village.

The lead chopper started it's approach into the zone and the wing man lost visual contact with it in the clouds. At this point, the chopper was hit by enemy fire shooting out both hydraulic boost systems making it virtually impossible to fly.

Cpl. James H. Bandish, the crew chief of the chase aircraft relates, "I was looking out the crew chief's window when the other chopper broke through the clouds toward the zone. Suddenly the chopper did a nose up flop and rotated a full 360 degrees and went in wheels first into a rice paddy. It actually looked as if this was an aerobatic maneuver and landing. I thought the light or angle may have created an illusion and the chopper did make a safe landing, it really appeared that way."

The Capt. Bartolina's chopper dropped from approximately 1,000 feet in the air and landed in a rice paddy. Lt. Hardin attempted twice to land, but could not because of the intense fire. Additional fire support was called and the ground forces moved into the area to secure the area near the downed chopper. 1stLt. Courtney Payne and his Recovery Team responded to the call and managed to complete the recovery effort.

Vietnam Wall panel 33W line 083

Gary Norman Young

Personal Data
Home of record: Portland OR
Date of birth: 11/03/1948

Military Data:
Service: Navy
Grade at loss: E3
Rank: HN
MOS: HM 8408
FMF Combat Corpsman
LenSer: 2 Years
Unit: HMM 364,MAG 16, 1ST MAW

Csaualty Data
Start Tour: 09/10/1968
Casualty Date: 02/07/1969
Age at loss: 20
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Quang Nam
Type: Hostile,Died outright
Reason: Air Loss, Crash
Helicopter Crew

Stephanie Hanson is looking for people who knew her father. His name was Gary N. Young and served as a Navy Corpsman. Gary arrived in Vietnam on 9/10/68 and worked in the dispensary at MAG-11 for approximately 5 months. Gary had asked to be assigned as a medic with a Marine Corps helicopter unit and at the end of January, Gary was finally assigned to Marine Air Base Squadron 16, which was part of Marine Air Group 16 (helicopter) stationed at MCAF Marble Mountain, near Da Nang.

Shortly after, on 2/7/69, Gary was with HMM-364, (Call sign Purple Fox) and the CH-46 helicopter he was crewing as a flight medic was shot down while on a Medevac mission in Arizona Territory. Six of the seven aboard were killed. The pilot of that chopper was Ernie Bartolina Jr.

Gary went to Navy boot camp in San Diego, Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego for Hospital Corps School and FMF School at Camp Pendleton.

Gary died a few months before his daughter was born. Stephanie was then adopted, so she knows very little about her Dad. If you knew Gary or had any ideas on where to find men who did, please send email to Gary's daughter, Stephanie Hanson (

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