Master Technical Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Aircraft Squadrons, 2d Marine Brigade (Nicaragua), East Coast Expeditionary Force
Born: at Glendon, North Carolina
Date of Action: 1929 – 1930
The Navy Cross is presented to Archie Paschal, Master Technical Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as an airplane pilot attached to the 2d Brigade, U.S. Marine Corps, operating in the Republic of Nicaragua.
During 1040 hours of flying over mountainous and partly unexplored jungle, Sergeant Paschal displayed great courage and skill in attacks on hostile bandit forces, and in flights through dangerous weather for the purpose of locating and supporting ground patrols.
During this service he carried, without mishap, approximately 1700 passengers and 840,000 pounds of freight over terrain where a forced landing would, almost inevitably, have resulted in fatalities.
Authority – USMC Communiqué: 169886 ACE-jfb (4 February 1930).
AIR CRASH CAUSE NOT FIXED
Bodies Of 3 Americans Killed In Guatemala Are Taken Home
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – October 12, 1936 – The bodies of three Pan American Airways employees killed in the crash of an airliner Saturday morning near Guatemala City, were brought here this afternoon by D. G. Richardson, operations manager, in a sister shipof thewrecked plane.
Archie Paschal, pilot of the ship, will be buried here Wednesday. Next Spring the body will be removed to Arlington National Cemetery, for military burial.
The body of co-pilot Albert L. Palmer will be taken to San Antonioand services will be held here Wednesday for Radio Operatior T. I. Neyman.
The cause of the crash, in unfavorable weather conditions and in mountainous terrain, has not been determined. The throttle of the plane was open and the ignition on. The plane had burned.
MAST TECH SGT CLASS 2D FLEET MARINE CORPS RES
DATE OF DEATH: 10/10/1936
BURIED AT: SECTION WH EN SITE 23058
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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