COLOMBO, GARY LEWIS
Name: Gary Lewis Columbo
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E4
Unit: HMM 164 MAG 16
Date of Birth: 06 September 1946
Home City of Record:  YAKIMA WA
Date of Loss: 06 March 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 165258 North  1071458 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46A #151943
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1076
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. Updated 2003 - sxsee source below.
REMARKS:
CACCF/CRASH/OTHER AIRCREW
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Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 20:21:04 -0500
From: Jerry Ostapowicz <jostapwicz@comcast.net>
USMC?Vietnam Helicopter Pilots
Subject: omments on Colombo, Gary Lewis, HMM-164
INCIDENT DATE 680306 HMM-164 CH-46A 151943+
Colombo, Gary Lewis CPL CrewChief HMM-164 680306
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COLOMBO GARY LEWIS : 2197556 : USMCR : CPL : E4 : 6320 : 21 : YAKIMA : WA :
19680306 : Air Loss Crash Sea : CrewChief : body NOT recovered : Offshore -
region unknown : 02 : 19460906 : Cauc : RomanCatholic/single : 43E : 016
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Comments on Incident:
Cpl Gary Colombo was Crew Chief on a CH-46A maintenance test hop from the
decks of the USS Valley Forge while serving with HMM-164. The aircraft
experienced dual engine failure and ditched in the South China Sea. Gary was
the only crewmember lost. Major Dick Sousa was the HAC. Submitted by Bill
Weaver, Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer