Crumley, Harry Richard, Capt

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1965-1966, 311th Air Commando Squadron
Service Years
1957 - 1966

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Des Moines
Last Address
Da Nang AB

Casualty Date
Jan 25, 1966
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 087

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 Unit Assignments
315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier311th Air Commando Squadron
  1965-1966, 315th Air Commando Group, Troop Carrier
  1965-1966, 311th Air Commando Squadron
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  1965-1966 Vietnam War1
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C-123 Provider  
  1965-1966, C-123 Provider
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"All 46 aboard killed when USAF C-123 crashes near An Khe in worst air crash in Vietnam to date involving US troops." Source:

"On Jan. 25, three days prior to the start of the operation, Col. Harold Moore's 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cav Division (5,700 men) prepared to strike at its objectives. However, tragedy beset the cavalrymen. A C-123 Provider aircraft mysteriously slammed into a mountainside near An Khe, killing all aboard. All told, 46 men, including the entire crew of the plane, were lost. 'The bodies were badly torn,' said Lt. Col. Kenneth Mertel. 'It was not as bad to get killed on the battlefield, if one had to.'"  Source:

"The C-123 carried 42 soldiers and a load of ammunition and grenades. It was raining and the cloud ceiling was at just 300 feet when the transport plane took off from An Khe. Shortly after takeoff the airplane flew into a hillside. Reportedly there had been a no. 2 engine fire."  Source:

"On 25 Jan 1966 elements of the 1st Cavalry Division were redeploying in preparation for Operation Masher, a division-size sweep mission. A C-123B Provider (tail number 54-0702) transporting troops from An Khe to Bong Sen went down in Binh Dinh Province. Four aircrew and 42 troopers from 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, were killed in the accident." Source:

"Struck trees inverted, 10 minutes after taking off from An Khe airfield. Evidence was found of a fire in the No. 2 engine." 

Captain Harry Richard Crumley was buried 8 Feb 1966 at Golden Gate National Cemetery, Section J Site 28-A.  Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,

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