Asbeck, Gregory Joseph, AD3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1969-1970, AD-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1967 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Grove City
Last Address
Grove City

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1970
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 003

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesAmerican Cold War VeteransVQ AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam War
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1966, American Cold War Veterans
  1969, VQ Association [Verified]
  1969, Veterans of the Vietnam War

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
VQ-1 World WatchersCOMSEVENTHFLTCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1969-1970, AD-0000, VQ-1 World Watchers
  1969-1970, AD-0000, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1969-1970, AD-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The Mission

The EC-121 was a radar flight following and communications/electronics surveillance aircraft, a variant on the civilian Super Constellation. EC-121s from the Air Force and Navy routinely operated over the Gulf of Tonkin providing support to combat aircraft "over the beach" in North Vietnam. The EC-121 Warning Star was a large aircraft, far too big to operate from carriers, and was based ashore in Vietnam and/or the Philippines.

Petty Officer Asbeck was a crewman aboard a Warning Star of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1). At 11:25 AM on 16 March 1970, his aircraft attempted a landing at Da Nang Air Base, SVN. It was a windy day, and the aircraft's number four engine was dead. The pilot banked while flying over a concrete revetment and caught the tip of the left wing on a shelter. The EC-121 immediately cartwheeled, striking a revetment containing an RF-4C, causing an explosion. The explosion's force broke the EC-121 into three sections. One of these flying sections hit a tar truck, knocking it into two power poles. The poles were severed and live power lines were strewn over the area.

Although ground personnel made heroic efforts to rescue the 31 men aboard the EC-121 - braving gasoline and jet fuel fires and the risk of electrocution - 23 men were either dead or fatally injured.

Petty Officer Gregory Asbeck was one of the 23 dead.

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 12W 003

Greg, before going into service, lived in Grove City, Ohio.
He had spent 29 1/2 months overseas without going home and was past due home from the service.
He had one brother and two sisters. He loved hunting and fishing.
Born September 1, 1947, he was 22 years old and single.
He had been in the service three years.
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