JUDD, MICHAEL BARRY

Name: Michael Barry Judd 
Rank/Branch: Hospital Corpsman Third Class/US Navy 
Unit: assigned to Company A, 
3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 
3rd Marine Division 

Date of Birth: 22 August 1945 (Cleveland, OH) 
Home of Record: Cleveland, OH
Date of Loss: 30 June 1967 
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161349N 1074301E (YC896956) 
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Status in 1973: Killed/Body Not Recovered 
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH46A "Sea Knight"
Other Personnel In Incident: John House; Merlin Allen; John Killen; Glyn Runnels (missing) 

REMARKS:  DED/CRSH BRN/SOM RECOV/NT SUB - J

SYNOPSIS:  The Boeing-Vertol CH46 Sea Knight arrived in Southeast Asia on 8 March 1966 and served the Marine Corps throughout the rest of the war. With a crew of three or four depending on mission requirements, the tandem-rotor transport helicopter could carry 24 fully equipped troops or 4600 pounds of cargo and was instrumental in moving Marines throughout South Vietnam, then supplying them accordingly.

On 30 June 1967, Capt. John A. House was the pilot of a CH46A Sea Knight helicopter from HMM-265, MAG-16, 1st Marine Air Wing transporting members of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. The recon team was to be inserted into the hotly contested, forested mountains south of Hue/Phu Bai Airfield. The passengers included Cpl. Glyn L. Runnels, LCpl. John D. Killen III, LCpl. Merlin R. Allen and HM3 Michael B. Judd, the team's corpsman, who comprised a Marine recon team being inserted into an area where Viet Cong (VC) troops were believed to be operating. Their mission was to locate and report on enemy activity in their area of operation.

As the helicopter approached the landing zone (LZ), it came under enemy small arms fire. The aircraft was hit several times, exploded in mid air and crashed. The location of loss was approximately 1 mile west of a generally north-south road that branched off of Highway 1 and ran south through the mountains before angling back to the east and to DaNang. It was also 1 mile east of a river, 12 miles due south of the Hue/Phu Bai Airfield and 34 miles northwest of DaNang, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam.

Later, a search and recovery (SAR) team was inserted into the crash site to search the area for possible survivors and to recover the dead. The team found no sign of survivors in or around the area. They examined the helicopter's wreckage and successfully recovered several sets of remains, which were transferred to a military mortuary for examination and identification. At the time the formal search was completed, all members of the aircrew and reconnaissance team were listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.

Later remains of the Sea Knight's co-pilot and crewchief were positively identified along with some members of the reconnaissance team. These remains were returned to their families for burial. Unfortunately, no remains were recovered that could be identified as belonging to Capt. House, HM3 Judd, LCpl. Allen, LCpl. Killen, or Cpl. Runnels.

There appears to be little doubt that John House, John Killen, Merlin Allen, Michael Judd and Glyn Runnels died in the crash of the Sea Night and, under the circumstances of loss, there seems to be little chance that their remains are recoverable. However, each man has the right to have his remains returned to his family, friends and country if at all possible. Likewise, if any of the men were able to escape this devastating loss, they most certainly would have been captured by the same communist forces who shot down their aircraft. Their fate, like other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, could be quite different.

Since the end of the Vietnam War well over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY.

American servicemen in Vietnam were called upon to operate in many dangerous circumstances both on and off duty, and they were prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served.