El Toro Marine Air Station, CA Air Disaster Kills 84, June 1965

Crew of 12 on Tragedy Plane Listed.
McGuire Air Force Base, N. J. (UPI) -- Air Force officials Friday identified the 12 crewmen aboard the military transport jet that crashed near El Toro, Calif.:
The commander, Capt. WILLIAM F. CORDELL, JR., 27, lived on the base here with his wife, JEAN.
First Lt. JOHN A ZIETKE, JR., 27, first pilot, lived at this base.
First Lt. GARY M. RIGSBEE, 23, second pilot, lived at the base.
M/Sgt. BILLY H. MEREDITH, 34, a flight engineer, lived at the base.
T/Sgt. MARTIN W. TATEM, a flight engineer, lived at Pine Lane Farm, Jobstown, N. J., with his wife, MICKEY, and one child.
Airman 3/C ELWOOD C. VAN NOLE, JR., 19, a loadmaster, lived at the base.
Airman 1/C CHARLES A. REIVES, 23, flight traffic specialist, lived at the base.
Cadet GARY L. ZIMMERMAN, 20, class of 1967, United States Air Force Academy, lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin E. Zimmerman, in Halifax, Pa.
Capt. JACQUES G. SENECAL, 32, a navigator, lived with his wife, HUGUETTE, Bordentown, N. J.
First Lt. ROBERT H. K. SHANNON, 29, a navigator, lived on the base with his wife, DELORES, and three children.
S/Sgt. JAMES E. BURNS, 29, a flight engineer, lived on the base with his wife, LINDA, and three children.
S/Sgt. BOBBY L. CALHOUN, 28, a loadmaster, lived on the base with his wife, WILFREDA, and three children.
Passengers Dead In Crash:
Cpl. TUCKER R. BURT, son of William A. Burt, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Pfc JERRY GRIFFITH, son of Mrs. Katherine Griffith, Jackson, Miss.
Pfc RUSSELL J. BABCOCK, JR., son of RUssell Babcock, St., Tomkins Cove, N. Y.
Cpl. EMERSON K. BROWN, husband of Nancy B. Brown, Kent, Wash.
Pfc ROGER J. BEITER, son of Richard Beiter, W. Seneca, N. Y.
Pfc. DICKIE L. GLOVER, son of Mrs. Freida Belle Glover, Muskegon, Mich.
Cpl. MICHAEL J. MANDO, JR., son of Mrs. Agnes Mando, Tayler, Pa.
Cpl. ANTHONY E. NELSON, brother of John C. Nelson, 910 1/2 Morine Ave., Wilmington, Calif.
Cpl. MICHAEL A. PALMIERI, husband of Irene Palmieri, Elmira, N. Y.
Pfc ROSCO FORD, husband of Devon Ford, Miami, Fla.
Cpl. GEORGE C. BURROW, nephew of George Burrow, Norman, Ark.
Cpt. VICTOR M. GIRODENGO, husband of Maria L. Girodengo, San Diego, Calif.
Lance Cpl. GAIL K. HANING, son of Rev. M. Haning, Albany, Ohio.
Pfc HARRY R. HAWK, son of Flora M. Hawk, Oberlin, Penn.
Pfc. JERRY G. HAWKINS, son of Mrs. J. E. Hawkins, Mableton, Ga.
Sgt. JAMES LEE, husband of Ardett Lee, 2104 Wayside, Compton, Calif.
Pfc. JOSEPH D. MAGELINSKI, son of Joseph Magelinski, Greenfield, Mass.
Cpt. EDWARD M. MOREHEAD, brother of Anthony Morehead, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lance Cpl. WILLIAM B. BREEN, son of Rufus M. Breen, Bellefonte, Penn.
Cpl. JAMES H. BROCK, son of John C. Brock, Birmingham, Ohio.
Lance Cpl. JOHN G. BRUSSO, JR., son of John G. Brusso, Ontario, N. Y.
Lance Cpl. DOUGLAS D. EVERETT, son of Donald C. Everett, Allentown, Pa.
Cpl. RICK G. PACHECO, husband of Leora M. Pacheco, Portland, Ore.
Lance Cpl. ENRIQUE D. PADILLA, son of Alfonso Padilla, Santa Rosa, N. M.
Lance Cpl. ALFRED E. PATERSON, husband of Susan F. Peterson, Littleton Commons, Mass.
Cpl. EDWARD P. RAY, son of Beatrice Lu Billebahl, no hometown listed.
Pfc ROBERT J. RHODES, son of Sarah Rhodes, Paterson, N. J.
Pfc JERRY W. ROSS, son of Bern Ross, no hometown listed.
Pvt. ROBERT S. SHEDIS, son of Bruno Shedis, Calumet Park, Ill.
Pfc JOSEPH B. SHEPPARD, son of Edna Sheppard, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pvt. JERRY SKIDMORE, husband of Dora Skidmore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lance Cpl. CHARLES L. STEVENS, husband of Linda K. Stevens, Cambridge, Ohio.
Cpl. HARRISON WALLACE, husband of Annette B. Wallace, Clemens, Ala.
Cpl. JAMES V. MATARUSKI, son of Valentine Mataruski, Johnson City, N. Y.
Cpl. PAUL T. CHAPIN, husband of Sharon Ann Chapin, Coranado, Calif.
Lance Cpl. JAMES C. TISCHER, son of James F. Tischer, Hannibal, Mo.
Lance Cpl. DANNY E. HOLDER, son of A. R. Holder, Nashville, Tenn.
Pfc FRANKLIN NEWMAN, son of Charlotte Newman, Loomis, N. J.
Pfc. RONALD R. RICHERT, son of Mrs. L. C. Richert, Pontiac, Mich.
Cpl. THOMAS B. GLADSTONE, son of Mrs. R. Gladstone, Largo, Fla.
Cpl. GEORGE E. COLLEGE, husband of Betty J. College, Davisburg, Mich.
Cpl. CHARLES HARMAN, husband of Jean Harmon, Eatill, S. C.
Sgt. JAMES C. MOULTRIE, husband of Toyo Moultrie, Moza City, Okinawa.
Lance Cpl. ROBERT E. HARVEY, son of Roy Harvey, Upland, Calif.
Pfc JAMES T. KITCHENS, son of Mrs. J. A. Kitchens, Madleton, Ga.
Pfc ARTHUR SLAUGHTER, son of Ethel Slaughter, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Cpl. WILLIAM R. KITTEL, husband of Kathleen P. Kittel, Sulsun City, Calif.
Lance Cpl. HOWARD D. HALT, son of Hazel Grant, Winfield, Kan.
Lance Cpl. BRIAN MARTIN, son of Phillis Martin, Minersville, Pa.
Cpl. TIMOTHY M. TREEWEEK, husband of Rosita Treweek, of Los Angeles.
Pfc LAWRENCE R. VANNESS, son of Alsetsa Rose Wilder, Rochester, N. Y.

The Independent Pasadena California 1965-06-26

Comments

C-135 at El TORO MCAS

I would like to get in touch with William F. Cordell III. His dad, Bill Cordell was aircraft commander on C-135 00373 that crashed at El Toro.
I was an aircraft commander in the 18th ATS, also worked in pilot scheduling, and scheduled the pilot crew for that mission.
William III's dad and his mom, Jean, were friends when we were stationed at McGuire. I knew that Jean was expecting when this event occurred.
I escorted Bill's body back to Bryan, TX for interment.
I can be contacted at GAlligood@att.net.

No survivors

I was in separation barracks we had to go help clean it up there were no survivors!!!

Plane crash- June 1965

I was in separations at El Toro, about to be discharged, the morning the crash occurred! I was with the first group to go to the crash site to start the clean up process! I had three friends on the plane but could not identify any of them! I still live with this disaster, 51 years later!! Sad time! Semper Fi !!! Dan

A close family friend, Henry

A close family friend, Henry Delbert Grimm was also on that flight. My husband at the time and I were expecting a child is Sept. who we named after Henry. I, too, looked for Henry's name on the Viet Nam Memorial Wall and was given the same information stated in previous comments. I think all those military personnel should be listed on that wall.

My Brother LC Ronald F. Smith was on Crash of June 1965 not list

My Beloved Brother, LC Ronald F. Smith was also killed that day on that flight. He was from Lynn Mass.
I too have Dearly missed him, and never knew as much as I found on this page tonight. I am 71 and recently married to an awesome gentleman who was also in Vietnam. We have only been married 10 months and I was telling him about my Brother whom I Love and Miss still today. I was 21 when he died and he was twenty five would have turned twenty six in July. I decided to see if I could find any information on the Internet when I found your page.
Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for everything you and all of the others did to assure true dignity and Honor for each of them. I also would like to send my heartfelt sorrow to each and every family of each lost Hero....
I would love to hear from anyone who knew my Brother or anyone who would like to write to me. I promise I will write back.....contact me at......borders0703@gmail.com
Sincerely Yours Barbara Borders....

Memorial FB page for families of the 1965 El Toro crash

Elaine,
Please visit this memorial Facebook page dedicated to the honor of the servicemen lost in the El Toro crash of 1965.
Please contact us through the FB page. We are trying to contact all of the family members of those involved.
We want to honor each man with a photo and brief Bio on the FB page, as well as on the brand new Memorial Kiosk located in "The Great Park" on the site of the old El Toro MCAS in CA. These servicemen will also be honored in the future at the "Hall of Heroes" in a building on the Orange County Fair Grounds.
If anyone from your family contacts us, we can get the process started.

Steve B.

1st Lt. Robert Shannon

I was a C-135 navigator in the 28th squadron stationed at McGuire AFB when the crash at El Toro occurred. After the crash, my duty was to take care of the family of 1st Lt. Robert Shannon, one of the navigators on the plane. I was at Andrews AFB training in a decompression chamber, when we heard of the unfortunate accident. My recollections are getting a little fuzzy with my advancing age of 75, but I do recalled several flights into Ell Toro to pick up Marines to fly to Vietnam. My prayers are for you and all those affected with this incident. I too believe that their names should appear on the Vietnam Memorial. You may contact me at gabood@cox.net

Memorial Kiosk at Heritage and Aviation Exhibition, MCAS El Toro

Butch,

I am the mother of the Eagle Scout, Jordan. I am pleased you are coming to the dedication ceremony. You must be in communications with Lisa?! I really look forward to meeting you.

I don't know if Lisa told you that we have a digital display that is installed in a Kiosk? Anyway, it would be wonderful if you could scan your report (if it isn't too graphic) and get that to us prior. If it is not copyrighted we can include in our accident history section. The military also provided me with a report but it didn't say anything about it being too heavy or mention demineralized water.

Looking forward to your response.

Regards,

Adriana Fourcher

Memorial Kiosk at Heritage and Aviation Museum, MCAS El Toro

We have been working for a year to have this project completed on time for the 50th Anniversary of the Loma Ridge crash. If anyone is related or served at MCAS El Toro in 1965 and remembers this event they may be interested in knowing that as of 6-25-15 there is a Memorial at the former hanger 244 (near the Orange Balloon) now called The Great Park.

I wanted the author of the GEN Disaster article to know that much of the information was helpful. However, there are numerous misspellings that we found out as we were trying to locate gravestones and relatives. (I can only imagine how much information you sift through for the articles and are not able to double check with multiple sources.)

If you are interested in correcting the names please follow up and I would be happy to provide for your record.

Regards.

mr fraud....steve whatever

I've READ SOME STORIES AND FROM MY EXERIENCE......AINT NO WAY HE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE ON THAT PLANE.

IT WAS FULL.....HAD MARINES, no sailors, AND THE PLANE SAT FOR hours OUTSIDE MY HANGAR AT EL TORO BEFORE LEAVING IN THE EARLY MORNING......IT WAS NOT PARKED AT THE OR IN THE AREA OF THE CONTROL TOWER.......AND IT WAS PARKED, I LEARNED, SO THAT THE FLIGHT CREW COULD GET THE ordered REST THEY NEEDED TO FY TO HAWAII.....NO OLANE ISSUES, WEATHER ISSUES....THE GUYS JUST SAT AROUND WAITING.....TIL THE usaf MEN COULD GET THEIR NEEDED REST FROM FLYING IN FROM THE EAST COAST.... jIM kEITH -USMC RECOVERY TEAM MEMBER.... 6/25/65