HOFFMAN, TERRY ALAN Remains Returned, buried 1994
Name: Terry Alan Hoffman Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E3 Unit: HMM 262 MAG 39 Date of Birth: 03 February 1945 Home City of Record: DANVILLE IN Date of Loss: 19 August 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 165813 North 1065935 East Status (in 1973):Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46D #152566 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Rocky Darger, Pilot; co-pilot survived; John William Hutchison, aircrew, KIA, body recovered; other aircrew, KIA body recovered. Refno: 1254
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.
From - Sun Jul 25 1999
I was the Commanding Officer of HMM-262 at Quang Tri in Vietnam beginning in September 1968. I arrived just before the incident in which Terry Hoffman lost his life, but did not assume command until a month later. I am currently the historian of the HMM-262 Vietnam association. The entries below appear in our home page at http://www.hmm-262vietnam.org/ His brother Gary L. Hoffman, Florida, is a member of our association, and we correspond regurlarly.
Albert N. Allen LtCol USMC (Ret)
TERRY ALLAN HOFFMAN - CPL PANEL 48W ROW 056 - 19-Aug-68
Corporal Terry Allen Hoffman 2316108/6320 USMC was from Danville, Indiana. He was born on February 3, 1945. He arrived in Vietnam June, 1968. He was 23 years old at the time of his death. He died on August 19, 1968 in Quang Tri Province. He was a crewmember of CH-46 buno 152566 which crashed on land due to hostile causes. His body was not recovered until 1994. He was officially listed as an Missing In Action for 26 years (HMM-262's only MIA). He was finally interred by his family in 1994. He was not married. His race is officially listed as Caucasian. His religion was Protestant. He had one years' service at the time of his death.
The following is a letter from Terry's Commanding officer to the historian of the HMM-262 Vietnam Association:
"I have been reading your messages with great interest and sometimes sorrow. In the case of Terry Hoffman, he joined the squadron in March 1968. His body was not recovered from the burning wreckage even though a rescue team searched the area. He was presumed consumed in the fire. The other two crewman's remains were recovered. Both pilots were thrown clear of the wreckage and survived. Rocky Darger was the pilot. It was sometime in 1991 or early 1992 that human remains and parts of a flight suit, boots, and a dog tag of Terry Hoffman were turned in to the Vietnamese government by local farmers. Until then they were afraid to but they were doing this for humanitarian reasons. Forensic examination proved the remains were of Terry Hoffman. On July 4, 1994, my wife Doris and I attended a memorial service for Terry Hoffman in Danville, Indiana. He was buried with full military honors and the whole town paid tribute to him. The Marine Corps Reserve provided the honor guard, the Army provided a horse drawn caisson to carry the remains to the family cemetery, and the Air Force National Guard provided 4 F-16s in a missing man formation fly by. It was sad but it was a privilege to be there..."