Saturday, May 23, 2015

This Memorial Day We Remember 8 USAF Firefighters Killed on Da Nang Air Base July 15 1967

US.  Air Force Firefighters


Da Nang air base, South Vietnam 
A2C CHARLES D WARD from PORTLAND, TX
A2C CHARLES R. HUMBLE From DEVALLS BLUFF, AR
A1C RONALD F POOLE from San Antonio, TX
A2C CHARLES F BOSS from Ann Arbor, MI
A1C JOHN S BERG from Trenton, NJ
A1C James F. Brooks, Kellyton, AL
AMN JAMES H. PRICE from Price, Winchester, IL
AMN JERALD K. SUMIDA from Kahului, HI

Made the ultimate sacrifice July 15 1967 Killed in a Rocket attack on in Da Nang air base,  South Vietnam  while battling a blazing F-4 Aircraft fire that was hit by a rocket.  The aircraft was loaded with 500lb bombs at the time and one detonated killing all.  The 15 July 1967 rocket attack on the Da Nang Air Base was the single worst attack on any US air base during the war. In addition to the 10 aircraft destroyed and dozens more damaged, the ammunition dump on the Marine side was hit and went up in a series of massive explosions. Of the 160+ casualties, the nine US dead all were Air Force personnel, eight of them from the 366th Combat Support Group.   

At 53 seconds into the video you can still see the burning P-2 fire trucks.