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is honored on Panel 5W, Line 27 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Reading of the Names

    Posted on 11/10/17
    Chief Lynch,

    I had the honor reading your name aloud this evening at the 35th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial. I am eternally grateful to call you a brother.
    Wayne Knutson
    1SG(R), USA
  • John was a good son.

    Posted on 5/22/17 - by Stan Sorensen
    Growing up in Porter Ranch, Northridge California I knew John's younger brother Ted and spent many a day at junior highschool with Ted. I remember John being pretty busy with school himself and I'm not certain when he enlisted. His father and mother were pretty conservative and I believe his father was a officer in World War II. I was a little wild in the seventies. I distinctly remember a time as we were getting a little older,being perhaps 14 years old, that Ted and I were comparing our biceps and John was out in front of the house. Ted and I showed our biceps to him and he kind of smiled. We asked him to show his muscle and he flexed his arm. I just remember the slight smile on John's face.John turned to the side and gave us a arm flex pose showing us his muscle . He was a little older than us but occasionally he would interact in a friendly way. I was real sorry to hear of his death when I was 16 years old. He was apparently in a maneuver with a helicopter during training and lost control. It was a sad time indeed.
  • Air Loss

    Posted on 8/25/16 - by
    On January 5, 1971, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C (tail number 66-15040) from the 57th Assault Helicopter Company crashed while conducting a test flight. There were no survivors. The lost crewmen included pilot WO1 John W. Lynch III and aircraft mechanics SGT Douglas B. Kent and SP4 Larry O. Harden. The following is a summary of the incident: The pilot (WO1 Lynch) called the tower for takeoff clearance at 1930 hours to conduct a night test flight to determine if changing the main rotor blades had eliminated the 1 to 1 vertical vibration noted in the 2408-13. He requested closed traffic for runway 05 right, and completed one low approach past the tower. Afterwards, the pilot requested the second one and he was cleared to continue. This portion of the flight was uneventful. As he passed the tower for the second time, his altitude was estimated at 80 feet AGL and airspeed in excess of 80 knots. The aircraft initiated a sharp left climbing turn to the crosswind when suddenly upon reaching approximately 300 feet AGL a brief expletive was heard over the tower radio and the altitude dropped severely. The aircraft then turned 180 degrees and impacted the ground, nose first, at an angle of about 80 degrees, and it never rolled out of the turn. The airspeed at the time of the impact as shown on the airspeed indicator was 130 knots and the time was 1940 hours. The fuselage burst into a ball of flames and burned completely. All three occupants were killed from contact injuries incurred from the crash landing. Their bodies were later recovered. [Taken from]
  • For my dear Godfather. Who visited My Contry Chile.

    Posted on 5/9/16
    We Remember John W. Lynch . When He went to Visit Chile We called him Guillermo Lynch. Yesterday I was in front of the walls and just the tears shows up after many years I was hoping will see You again. My Father came first and was so sad for Him that It was true That Guillermo was gone.

    From Digna Ginette Painemilla Pichuñual And My Father Name Cornelio Painemilla Huerapil.

    And Gladys Painemilla.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/10/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear WO John William Lynch III, 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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