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LANTIE LAWRENCE HARRIS JR

  • Wall Name:LANTIE L HARRIS JR
  • Date of Birth:7/29/1948
  • Date of Casualty:10/11/1968
  • Home of Record:SHREWSBURY
  • County of Record:MONMOUTH COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Line:41W, 46
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

IVAN LOUIS HELLER

  • Wall Name:IVAN L HELLER
  • Date of Birth:8/5/1947
  • Date of Casualty:10/11/1968
  • Home of Record:GENESEO
  • County of Record:HENRY COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:HN
  • Panel/Line:41W, 46
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

BRIAN TRACY HEAVER


is honored on Panel 41W, Line 46 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of LCPL Brian T. Heaver

    Posted on 7/20/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On October 11, 1968, two Marine helicopters, a CH-46 helicopter (#151917) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM 265), and a UH-34 (#148802) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMM 362), were involved in a mid-air collision near Ha Nha along the north bank of Vu Gia River, 7 miles northwest of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province, RVN. Fourteen personnel were lost in the incident. The following is a personal account of the collision by Frank Powell: I was standing near the top of Hill 52 at the 3/7 CP. The CO and SGT MAJ of the arty battalion supporting us had gone down the hill to catch a ride on CH-46 (#151917) which was in the LZ just below. As they ran up the back ramp, the crew chief on the CH-46 motioned for them to get off. They turned around and departed the aircraft. I watched as the CH-46 took off, without any passengers, and began climbing out in a steep ascent with its nose pointing south toward An Hoa. It was a clear, sunny day with a few scattered clouds high in the sky. At about 800-1,000 feet, the CH-46 came up underneath a UH-34 (#148802) which was flying overhead on a similar heading. It appeared that each helicopter was in the other’s blind spot and that no visual contact had been made between them. I don't think the two fuselages actually collided, but they chewed off each other’s rotor blades. An orange fireball and black smoke erupted from the rear of the CH-46. A series of quick clacking sounds and a muffled explosion reached us on the ground as the blade parts were sent flying in every direction overhead. The two aircraft momentarily just hung there. Then the CH-46, its aft end burning and smoking, began tumbling end over end toward the ground. The UH-34 simply nosed over, the weight of the big radial engine in its nose causing it to plunge straight down like a dart. Clearly visible, standing at the open forward hatch of the CH-46, a crewman somehow managed to keep his position as the aircraft somersaulted downward. As the UH-34 hurtled down, I saw three passengers dive out the starboard loading hatch. One of them assumed a spread-eagle position, like a free-falling skydiver. The others just tumbled. Thunderous noises echoed across the valley floor as the aircraft impacted on a sandbar which extended out into the Vu Gia River. Thankfully, it was on our side of the river, the other side belonged to Charlie. The UH-34 hit first, sending up a towering eruption of bellowing fire, white smoke, and streaking shards of red flame. The CH-46 quickly followed, close by on the same stretch of sand. The aft section, with the engines, split away from the forward half of the aircraft and was a burning heap. Black greasy smoke plumed high into the sky. The forward section did not catch fire. I ran down to the crash site and found Marines from Mike Company, 3/7, pulling the bodies of the pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, and crewman out of the CH-46. Three crumpled bodies, those who dived out of the UH-34, rested on the sand in the immediate vicinity of the UH-34 wreckage. The Mike Company Marines spoke of a fourth individual who had dived out and had landed in the river. I could not verify it. The UH-34 was burning white hot, so intense that it was impossible to get near it. Within a few hours, the wreckage was reduced to a surprisingly small mound of gray ashes, making the retrieval or identification of human remains virtually impossible. This remains one of the sadder days in my life. (By Frank Powell, taken from popasmoke.com) The lost crew of the CH-46 included pilots 1LT William T. Hale and 1LT Jeffrey W. Rainaud, crew chief SGT Marvin Wesley Jr., and gunner CPL Gary D. Kemski. The lost crew of the UH-34 was comprised of aircraft commander 1LT Peter E. Schryver, pilot CAPT Steven W. Martin, and crewmen LCPL Lantie L. Harris Jr. and LCPL Lawrence C. Kleinhans. Passengers on the UH-34 included LCPL Willie C. Ferguson Jr., LCPL Thomas F. Hankins, LCPL Brian T. Heaver, HN Ivan L. Heller, CPL Benny J. Hicks, and CPL J.D. Walters. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, and popasmoke.com]
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  • Help!

    Posted on 11/19/16 - by Tom Clark, Teacher ushistoryman@yahoo.com
    We need your help! Since 1986, the students of Lake Central High School in Northwest Indiana have been researching men and women from the State of Indiana who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. We are the researchers for the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Of the1621 Vietnam casualties, we have located 1100+ families as of the date of this entry. We are now researching the men and women from the State of Illinois who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. If you have any information or photos that may help please contact us at the following: ushistoryman@yahoo.com
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  • Best Friends

    Posted on 3/30/14 - by Bill "Lucky" Staunton
    As I left your side in April, I was confident we'd meet again and share even more experiences than we had already. Sadly, this was not to be and, when I wrote your Mom to try to console her, she was overwhelmed with grief and refused to see me. I understood how emotions must have rendered her numb and I hope she ultimately came to grips with loss of you. Many thanks for being a part of my life even for a brief period, and my prayers are for you. We will meet again!
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/5/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LCPL Brian Tracy Heaver, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Thanks!

    Posted on 5/15/13 - by Bill Staunton Bill3033@hotmail.com

    When you took over the squad from me, we promised to hoist a few beers when you came home. I was devastated to hear you were KIA, and I have fond memories of our talks before I left. God Bless you and keep you in His Hand.

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The Wall of Faces

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