GREEN, LARRY EDWARD

Name: Larry Edward Green
Rank/Branch: E4/US Marine Corps
Unit: HMM 363, Marine Air Group 16
Date of Birth: 10 February 1947
Home City of Record: Mt. Morris MI
Date of Loss: 26 March 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 161408N 1080740E (AU930130)
Status (in 1973): Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH34D
Refno: 1103

Other Personnel In Incident: Glenn W. Mowrey; Frankie E. Allgood; Richard
Evancho; Ernest C. Kerr (all missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 2020.

REMARKS: PIL/COP RES - ALL SEARCH FAIL - J

SYNOPSIS: The Sikorsky UH34D Seahorse was a vital aircraft in Vietnam, serving
as transport of both personnel and materiel. The Seahorse and its pilots
particularly distinguished themselves throughout the spring of 1968 during one
of the most crucial and bitterly contested struggles of the Vietnam War -- the
Tet Offensive.

On March 26, 1968, a UH34D was serving as a medevac helicopter in South Vietnam.
The crew consisted of the pilot and co-pilot, as well as CPL Larry E. Green,
crew chief; and LCPL Ernest C. Kerr Jr., gunner. They were transported wounded
Marines for medical treatment.

LTC Frankie E. Allgood had been wounded in the temple by shrapnel; LCPL Richard
Evancho and CPL Glenn W. Mowrey were also injured. These three were being
medevaced onboard the UH34D. The helicopter crossed a stretch of the South China
Sea during adverse weather conditions. The helicopter crashed into the sea about
three miles from its destination, Da Nang, South Vietnam.

Search teams were dispatched at once, and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued.
Crew members Kerr and Green were not rescued, nor were the other occupants of
the helicopter, including the badly wounded Frankie Allgood. All were presumed
drowned and were classified Killed, Body Not Recovered. Because the medevac was
apparently not struck by hostile fire, the incident was deemed non-battle
related.

For the men aboard the Seahorse lost on March 26, 1968, death seems a certainty.
For hundreds of others, however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the
torment of nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia
is the certain knowledge that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of
war were not released at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be
prisoners, and still others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers when
last seen alive. Many were known to have survived their loss incidents, only to
disappear without a trace.

The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of those
who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in the general
public who realize the full implication of leaving men unaccounted for at the
end of a war.

Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still alive
in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be thinking of us? What
will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to bring these
men home from Southeast Asia?


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CPL LARRY EDWARD GREEN

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On March 26, 1968, a UH-34D Choctaw (bureau number 144654, call sign "Murry Medevac Chase") was the wingman aircraft in a flight of two on an emergency medical evacuation mission from Hue-Phu Bai to Da Nang, South Vietnam. The helicopter four crew members and three passengers. During the flight, this Choctaw's pilot lost sight of the lead aircraft due to weather conditions, and put the aircraft on instruments while continuing to locate the lead helicopter. It was while flying under instrument control that the Choctaw nose-dived into the water. Search and rescue teams responded to the crash site and rescued the pilot and the copilot, but were unable to locate the other two crew members or the three passengers.

Corporal (Cpl) Larry Edward Green, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Michigan, served with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Air Group 36, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the crew chief aboard the helicopter on a medical evacuation mission when it crashed, and his remains were not recovered. Today, Cpl Green is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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