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PENNINGTON, RONALD KEITH
Name: Ronald Keith Pennington
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E3
Unit: HS BLT 1/3 9 MAB
Date of Birth: 27 September 1946
Home City of Record: HAMBLETON WV
Date of Loss: 27 April 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 153319 North 1094715 East

Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered

Category: 5

Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH34D

Missions:

Refno: 0657

Ronald Keith Pennington is Honored on Panel18E R104



Other Personnel in Incident: Other Personnel in Incident: James Benton,

Reinaldo Castro, Blenn Dyer, Richard Dallas, Samuel Osborne
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. See below for 2003 update.
REMARKS:
CACCF/CRASH/NON-AIRCREW

Tuesday, October 23, 2001 9:43 AM

Ronald Keith Pennington (went by Keith); USMC LCPL



He was one of nine on a helicopter that crashed off the coast of S Vietnam.



SAR pulled three survivors from the water.Keith and five others were not

found. The other Marines were Sgt. Reinaldo Antonio Castro, LCPL James

Austin Benton, PFC Samuel William Osborne, Jr., LCPL Blenn Colby Dyer and

LCPL Richard Howard Dallas.Castro was Hispanic, Osborne was Black and the rest were White. The date they went down was 27 Apr 67. If any one has any information regarding this incident, please contact me.Family wants to know more than they have gotten from usg. If any of the survivors receive this, your privacy will be respected, but your knowledge of what really happened would be appreciated.

USMC/Vietnmam Helicopter Pilots

Subject: Info on Dallas, Richard Howard
INCIDENT DATE 670427 HMM-263 UH-34D 148071+
[Crew]
Dallas, Richard Howard LCPL Gunner HMM-263 670427
[Passengers]

Benton, James Austin LCPL Pass 670427

Castro, Reinaldo Antonio SGT Pass 670427

Dyer, Blenn Colby LCPL Pass 670427

Osborne Jr, Samuel William PFC Pass 670427

Pennington, Ronald Keith LCPL Pass 670427



BENTON JAMES AUSTIN : 2260604 : USMCR : LCPL : E3 : 1371 : 19 : DAISY : TN :

19670427 : Air Loss Crash Sea : Passenger : body NOT recovered : Offshore,

South Vietnam : 00 : 19480219 : Cauc : Protestant / single : 18E : 100

CASTRO REINALDO ANTONIO : 1890653 : USMCR : SGT : E5 : 1345 : 27 : PACIFIC

GROVE : CA : 19670427 : Air Loss Crash Sea : Passenger : body NOT recovered

:Offshore, South Vietnam : 06 : 19400412 : Cauc : Roman Catholic/single :

18E : 100



DALLAS RICHARD HOWARD : 2109651 : USMCR : LCPL : E3 : 6332 : 19 : MEMPHIS :

TN : 19670427 : Air Loss Crash Sea : Crew : body NOT recovered :Offshore,

South Vietnam : 02 : 19471005 : Cauc : Protestant / single : 18E : 101



DYER BLENN COLBY : 2267656 : USMC (draftee): LCPL : E3 : 1371 : 22 :

STANDISH : ME : 19670427 : Air Loss Crash Sea : Passenger : body NOT

recovered :Offshore, South Vietnam : 01 : 19440601 : Cauc : Protestant /

married: 18E : 103



OSBORNE SAMUEL WILLIAM JR : 2256897 : USMCR : PFC : E2 : 1371 : 21 :

CHARLESTON : SC : 19670427 : Air Loss Crash Sea : Passenger : body NOT

recovered : Offshore, South Vietnam : 00 : 19460121 : Negro :

Catholic/single : 18E : 103



PENNINGTON RONALD KEITH : 2227359 : USMC (draftee): LCPL : E3 : 1371 : 20 :

HAMBLETON : WV : 19670427 : Air Loss Crash Sea : Passenger : body NOT

recovered : Offshore, South Vietnam : 01 : 19460927 : Cauc : Protestant /

single : 18E : 10



Comments on Incident:

On take off from aft platform of ship the a/c lost power and crashed into

the water. Troops were aboard the aircraft.

Comments on Incident:

Yrs. have passed, but remember this incident clearly. Watched the bird take

off, dip' blades, and hit the ship. The bird sank fast. Navy crew members of

ship ran out with M-1 rifles to keep any sharks off survivors if they came.

Saw only a few crew members swimming and no grunts. We where loaded down

with full gear and ammo for the operation ahead. Submitted by Michael L.

Meeker, Marine Infantry, 1 Bn/3rd Mar, on operation

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