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
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
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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.
Send any info to
avtt@mindspring.com
Thank you,
Don Pennington
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Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 18:40:15 -0500
From: Jerry Ostapowicz <jostapwicz@comcast.net>
USMC/Vietnmam Helicopter Pilots
Subject: Info on Dallas, Richard Howard, et al
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
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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 : 104
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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