SILER, MANLEY EUGENE, JR.  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
SILER, MANLEY EUGENE, JR.


Rank / Branch:
LCPL E-3, USMC


Unit:
MAG-36-FIRST MARINE


Date of Birth:
1948-11-20


Date of Loss:
1969-10-10


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
QUANG TRI


Status:
HOSTILE, CRASH HELIC


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
HELICOPTER UH-1E


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


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AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Marine Corp Aviator Crewman's Wings, Distinguised Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Manley Eugene Siler, Jr. was the third son of four born to Mr. and Mrs. Manley E. Siler. The family moved to Odessa in 1965 from Jackson, Tennessee and Gene was in his sophomore year. He enrolled at Permian High School and graduated in 1967. He joined the Marine Corp immediately after graduating in June 1967.


Stateside 1968

He completed recruit training at the Marine Corp Recruit Training Depot at San Diego, California. He completed ITR at Camp Pendleton and then trained at in a Marine school in aviation at Jacksonville, Florida.

                                                                                                              

In Vietnam-1969

He departed for Vietnam May 9, 1969 and was assigned to HML-367, Marine Air Group-36, First Marine Air Wing and was based at the Da Nang Air Station. He was functioning as a doorgunner and crewchief on Huey helicopters. On October 10, 1969, two UH-1E gunships were tasked to take out enemy positions near Con Thien. The aircraft (BuNo 152438), in which LCPL Siler was the crewchief, was the second gunship of the two in the operation. The gunship received heavy ground fire and was hit in the tail boom/tail rotor area and as a result, the helicoper crashed. Three crewman including LCPL Siler were killed in the crash. The pilot was rescued by a nearby Army unit of "A" Company, 1/11th Infantry, 5th Mechanized Infantry Division. For this action LCPL Siler was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously as well as the Good Conduct Medal and his 5th Air Medal and the Purple Heart.




LCPL Manley Eugene Siler, Jr. was buried with full military honors at the Maple Springs Cemetery in Madison County, Tennessee near Jackson. His father, mother and an uncle are buried next to him. Both his father and uncle were WWII Navy Veterans.

He is survived by his three brothers, Thomas of Lubbock, Richard and his wife Carolyn of Odessa, and Joe of Fort Worth.


Maple Springs Cemetery-Madison County, Tennessee


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