Rank/Branch: O4/US Marine Corps
Unit: VMGR 152, 1st Marine Air Wing
Date of Birth: 07 September 1931
Home City of Record: Puyallup, WA
Date of Loss: 01 February 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 172038N 1072217E (YE520190)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident:
Albert M. Prevost
Galen F. Humphrey
Donald L. Coates
Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one
or more of the
raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
published sources, interviews.
The Lockheed C130 Hercules was one of the most
in Vietnam. It served many purposes,
among them transport,
airborne battlefield command and control
reconnaissance craft, electronic reconnaissance platform,
search, rescue and
The U.S. Marines employed the KC130F version which served
primarily as a
probe-and-drogue refueling plane,
although when the rubber fuel
the cargo compartment, the plane also served as a
KC130F was capable of refueling two aircraft simultaneously.
On February 1, 1966, a U.S. Marine Hercules tanker was
in the Gulf
Tonkin near the coast of
North Vietnam, about 10 miles north of
the island of
During a refueling operation, the tanker was hit by
crashed into the ocean. All crew onboard the aircraft
considered to have
died in the crash of the plane.
The pilot of the aircraft was 1LT Albert M. Prevost;
SSGT Peter G.
other crew members included:
Maj. Richard A. Alm;
GYSGT Galen F. Humphrey, navigator;
and SSGT Russell B.
declared Killed in Action,
Bodies Not Recovered.
According to family members of the crew,
however, it was
reported that there
a single piece of wreckage to be found.
improbable for an
aircraft weighing in excess of
60,000 pounds involved in a crash
one carrying a jet fuel
cargo. Some family members are
suspicious of the
of the crash and believe it may have
thus explaining the lack of wreckage found.
Regardless, if the Marine Corps crash site location is accurate,
there can be
question someone was aiming the gun that
shot the aircraft down.
the fate of the aircraft and crew.
Beyond those on the ground,
Vietnam was heavily trafficked by
fishermen and patrol boats.
There is no
that the Vietnamese could account for
the men onboard the KC130
lost near Ho
February 1, 1966.
Since American involvement in the war in Southeast Asia ended,
reports relating to Americans prisoner,
missing, or unaccounted
have been received by the U.S. Government. Many
reviewed this largely-classified information have concluded
Americans are still alive in captivity today.
Perhaps the entire crew of seven perished on February 1, 1966.
are among those experts believe are still alive,
forget a single man,
lest he be left behind. They must all be