CPT Richard Louis Basinger
Record NO: (40)
Rank / Rate
CPT
War of Service
Vietnam
Date of birth
Nov 24, 1942
Place of birth / home town
Lima
Family Members
High School
Enlistment Date
Branch
Marine Corps
Service Number
090501
Unit / Ship / duty Station
III Marine Amphibious Force, 1st MAW, HMM 363
Date of Casuality
May 12, 1967
Cause of Death or Status
KIA
Place of Incident
Quang Tri province, Vietnam
Place of Burial or Memorial
Awards
★ Purple Heart ★ Combat Action Ribbon ★ Navy Presidential Unit Citation ★ Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal ★ Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal ★ National Defense Service Medal ★ Vietnam Service Medal ★ Vietnam Gallantry Cross ★ Vietnam Campaign Medal
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The HMM-363 Command Chronology for 12 May 1967 contains the following incident report: "At approximately 1700H, YZ-78 suffered a direct hit by enemy mortar fire shortly after lifting from a landing zone at YD 117692. The aircraft crashed and burned killing the pilot and crew chief and injuring the co-pilot and aerial gunner." The report refers to UH-34D BuNo 147190 which was conducting a fuel resupply mission to a landing zone at Con Thien. The LZ came under attack by rocket fire as the aircraft finished off-loading 55 gallon fuel drums. The UH-34 lifted off in a southeasterly direction, but had attained only about 100 feet in aitude before it was hit in the port fuselage by a rocket. The aircraft crashed and burned about 80 meters distant from the LZ. The enemy gunners shifted their aim to the crash site, firing approximately 30 more rockets. As noted by LZ personnel, casuaies would have been much higher had those rockets impacted within the LZ rather than 80 meters distant. Two men died in the crash, ain Richard L. Basinger (pilot) and Corporal John W. Jackson (crew chief); the copilot, George Hadzewycz, and the door gunner, Ronald Hartline, survived with injuries.