On June 30, 1967, Captain Jack House was flying a recon insert near Hue Phu Bai when his aircraft, with a total of 11 Marines on board, encountered heavy ground fire on the approach to the LZ. Captain House aborted the landing and flew his crippled and burning CH-46 a short distance away where, while he was attempting to land, the aircraft crashed. Of the 11 Marines on board, seven survived the crash. Captain House and three other Marines perished. No remains were recovered at that time.
Jack’s remains and those of two of the other Marine KIAs were recovered and identified in 2017. Here is a link to a story that was published about the recovery on May 10, 2017, by The Pelhams-PLUS.com, an online newspaper in Jack’s home town. It has more details of Jack’s life. On September 27, 2018, Jack and the two other Marines were interred with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Below are some pictures from Jack’s ceremony. Numbers 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 are courtesy of Lieutenant Colonel Mark D. Mariska, U.S. Army (Retired), Jack’s good friend at Phu Bai. The others are from Stu Henning, who became Jack’s close friend in flight school and stayed in touch with Amy through all of the 50 intervening years.
Lt. Col. Mariska compiled the story of Jack’s life and passing for the House family as a memory book presented at the Arlington ceremony. They have approved posting that compilation here for those who knew Jack and anyone else who would like to know about a true American hero.CaptainJackHouse-HisStory
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