Name: Harry Truman Wilson
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E5
Unit: HMM  262  MAG 16
Date of Birth: 17 January 1949
Home City of Record: GRAND PRAIRIE TX
Date of Loss: 04 June 1970
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 154852 North  1070610  East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46D
Other Personnel in Incident: unknown
Refno: 1627

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. 2020



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Library of Congress Files:

Confirmation of Casualty Status; Report of, Case of Sgt Harry Truman Wilson
238 31 64/6132 USMC (Deceased)
Name: Harry T. Wilson

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed

Comments: Includes witness statements and endorsement.

Reel: 178

Page: 6-10

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 70 06 07

Date of Information: 70 06 04

Originator: Mar Med Hel Sq 262, 1st MAW

Category: Casualty files

LA: JTF-FA Biographic/Site Report Update for REFNO 1627
Country: LA

Name: Harry Truman Wilson

Subjects: Xekong Province; Crash site; Killed

Reel: 371

Page: 206-208

Type of Document: Automated Data Extract

Date of Report: 93 11 24

Date of Information: 70 06 04

Originator: JTF-FA







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On June 4, 1970, a CH-46 Sea Knight (bureau number 153403) with a crew of four engaged in a reconnaissance team extraction mission in the vicinity of (GC) YC 252 494, the lower panhandle of Laos. As the helicopter moved into position and lowered its ramp for the team, it came under heavy enemy fire and was hit several times on the left side. The helicopter began to gyrate and wallow until its blades hit the ground and it rolled down a hill and started to burn. Three crew members were able to exit the helicopter safely, but the crew chief's body was pinned under the wreckage. His fellow crew members managed to free him and determined he was dead. Before they could attempt to move the body away from the helicopter, the ammunition inside it began to explode, they left the body and took cover nearby. Four hours later, under enemy fire once again, they were successfully extracted, but were unable to recover the body of the crew chief.

Sergeant Harry Truman Wilson, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Texas, served with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Marine Air Group 16, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was serving as the crew chief aboard the Sea Knight when it crashed, and his body was not recovered. Today, Sergeant Wilson is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.    

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