Carl Anthony Palen, parents, Harold Leo Palen and Rita Marie (Schrup) Palen, of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa
Birth: March 11, 1947, Dubuque, Iowa
Death: Jan. 3, 1978, South Vietnam
Spc6 Carl Anthony Palen of Dubuque, Iowa served in the United States Army. At about 0900 03 Jan 1971 a U-6A BEAVER (serial #52-25884) departed Qui Nhon on an administrative support flight to Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam, carrying crewmen from the 61st AHC to collect replacement helicopters for the company.
The helicopter crewmen would then fly the helicopters back to Qui Nhon. At 1120 hours, with the U-6 about 14 miles southeast of Phu Cat, radio and radar contact with the plane was lost. Because the pilot, Captain F. A. Rhodes, had announced plans to remain overnight at Ban Me Thuot, no immediate search was made.
When search efforts were begun on 5 January, no trace of the aircraft or its seven occupants could be found. Formal search efforts ended on 9 January 1971. He is honored on Panel 5W, Row 23 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 61ST AHC, 223RD AVN BN, 17TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
CARL ANTHONY PALEN SP6 – E6 – Army – Regular 1st AVN BDE His tour began on Jan 3, 1971 Casualty was on Aug 22, 1978 , SOUTH VIETNAM Non-Hostile, died missing, FIXED WING – NON CREW AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND Body was not recovered Panel 05W – Line 23
Carl Anthony Palen Specialist 6, U.S. Army61st Aviation Company Entered the Service From: Dubuque, Iowa
Date of Birth: March 11, 1947 Date of Death: January 03, 1978 Wars or Conflicts: Vietnam War Memorialized: Courts of the Missing: Court BHonolulu Memorial National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 134700N 1090630E (BR960250) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4Acft/Vehicle/Ground: U6 “Beaver”Other Personnel In Incident: Thomas R. Okerlund; Dennis W. Omelia; PatrickMagee; Luis G. Holguin; Ferris Rhodes; Michael Parsons (all missing)January 3, 1971, Capt. Ferris A. Rhodes, Jr. was the pilot of a U6 “Beaver” carrying six passengers: 1Lt. Michaeld D. Parsons, WO1 Thomas R. Okerland, WO1 Dennis W. Omelia; WO1 Luis G. Holguin; SP6 Patrick J. Magee; and SP5 Carl A. Palen. This was an administrative support flight from Qui Nhon to Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam, to collect replacement helicopters for the company. Some of the men aboard were helicopter pilots, and would fly the choppers back to the base at Qui Nhon.The U6 “Beaver” is an older, fixed wing aircraft of reasonable size, short and squatty with a widebody. The aircraft departed Qui Nhon at about 0900 hours on January 3 without filing a proper flight plan, nor was the weather briefing obtained prior to takeoff. About 14 miles southeast of Phu Cat, at 1120 hours, radio and radar contact was lost with the plane.Because Capt. Rhodes had announced plans to remain overnight at Ban Me Thuot,no immediate searches were made. By January 9, when Rhodes and his passengers still had not returned, search efforts were begun at 0900 hours, and continued throughout the day with no sign of the aircraft or its personnel.The area of takeoff was tricky and the weather conditions were not good. Other pilots said that if planes taking off did not reach a safe altitude fast enough, they would crash into a mountain. Cruising speed for the “Beaver” was a mere 106 mph making it a prime target for flak. Conditions in the area indicated that the aircraft was shot down, and several years passed before the crew was finally declared dead.
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ISSUED IN IOWA, BIRTH DATE:APR. 11, 1947, DEATH DATE: 3 JAN. 1971
ZIP CODE OF ADDRESS WHERE DEATH BENEFIT PAYMENT WAS SENT: 52001
PRIMARY LOCATION ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ZIP CODE, DUBUQUE, IOWA.
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Plot: Courts of the Missing
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Record added: Aug 13, 2014
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